Cookies Policy
X

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Rethinking “Traditions”: Reading the Classics as Ritual

No metrics data to plot.
The attempt to load metrics for this article has failed.
The attempt to plot a graph for these metrics has failed.
The full text of this article is not currently available.

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this article

+ Tax (if applicable)
Add to Favorites
You must be logged in to use this functionality

image of Journal of Chinese Humanities

How do generations of Chinese remain connected across history? How do the anthropological studies of religion help us to reconceptualize the realm of sociality and historicity? This paper argues that reading the classics is a ritual to bring together many heterogeneous traditions in a subjunctive historical community. In the Chinese context, reading is first done aloud in the presence of other people, in what can be broadly envisioned as a teacher-student relationship. Reading as such is rhythmic, public, and historical, by which both the deceased and the yet-to-be-born are brought together by readers’ embodied acceptance of “sages.” Thus “traditions” in China could be discussed more in terms of orthopraxy than orthodoxy. This perspective of reading suggests one is capable of understanding by “doing” rather than by “thinking” alone; and reading activities serve not only to regenerate but also to create new relationships among and between contemporaries and their historical relatives.

10.1163/23521341-01010019
/content/journals/10.1163/23521341-01010019
dcterms_title,pub_keyword,dcterms_description,pub_author
10
5
Loading
Loading

Full text loading...

/content/journals/10.1163/23521341-01010019
Loading

Data & Media loading...

1. Appadurai Arjun Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization 2005 Minneapolis University of Minnesota Press
2. Barth Fredrik Balinese Worlds 1993 Chicago University of Chicago Press
3. Bateson Gregory Steps to an Ecology of Mind: Collected Essays in Anthropology, Psychiatry, Evolution, and Epistemology 1972 Chicago University of Chicago Press
4. Bell David A. "“This Is What Happens When Historians Overuse the Idea of the Network”" New Republic 2013 October 25
5. Bellah Robert N. Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life: With a New Preface 2008 Berkeley University of California Press
6. Bellah Robert N. Religion in Human Evolution: From the Paleolithic to the Axial Age 2011 Cambridge Belknap Press of Harvard University Press [Crossref]
7. Billioud Sébastien , Thoraval Joël "“Jiaohua: The Confucian Revival in China as an Educative Project”" China Perspectives 2007 Vol 2007 4 4 20 [Crossref]
8. Bloch Maurice "“Symbols, Song, Dance and Features of Articulation: Is Religion an Extreme Form of Traditional Authority?”" European Journal of Sociology 1974 Vol 15 1 54 81 [Crossref]
9. Bloch Maurice "“The Past and the Present in the Present”" Man 1977 Vol 12 278 292 [Crossref]
10. Bourdieu Pierre Outline of a Theory of Practice 1977 Cambridge Cambridge University Press [Crossref]
11. Burke Peter Languages and Communities in Early Modern Europe 2004 Cambridge Cambridge University Press [Crossref]
12. Chakrabarty Dipesh Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference 2009 Princeton Princeton University Press
13. Chan Wing-tsit A Source Book in Chinese Philosophy 1969 Princeton Princeton University Press
14. Hui-cheng Chang 張輝誠 Yu lao zhen jing shen毓老真精神 [ True Spirit of Teacher Yu] 2012 Taipei INK Press
15. Chau Adam Yuet Miraculous Response: Doing Popular Religion in Contemporary China 2005 Stanford Stanford University Press
16. Dirlik Arif "“Confucius in the Borderlands: Global Capitalism and the Reinvention of Confucianism”" Boundary 1995 Vol 2 229 273 [Crossref]
17. Farquhar Judith , Zhang Qicheng Ten Thousand Things: Nurturing Life in Contemporary Beijing 2012 Cambridge MIT Press
18. Fingarette Herbert Confucius: The Secular as Sacred 1972 New York Harper & Row
19. Gernet Jacques , Lloyd Janet China and the Christian Impact: A Conflict of Cultures 1985 Cambridge Cambridge University Press
20. Gombrich Richard Theravada Buddhism: A Social History from Ancient Benares to Modern Colombo 2006 London Routledge
21. Harrison Henrietta The Man Awakened from Dreams: One Man’s Life in a North China Village, 1857-1942 2005 Stanford Stanford University Press
22. Harrison Henrietta The Missionary’s Curse and Other Tales from a Chinese Catholic Village 2013 Berkeley University of California Press [Crossref]
23. Hart Keith "“What Anthropologists Really Do”" Anthropology Today 2004 Vol 20 1 3 5 [Crossref]
24. Hefner Robert W. "“Religious Resurgence in Contemporary Asia: Southeast Asian Perspectives on Capitalism, the State, and the New Piety”" Journal of Asian Studies 2010 Vol 69 4 1031 1047 [Crossref]
25. Hsu Francis L.K. Under the Ancestors’ Shadow: Kinship, Personality, and Social Mobility in China 1971 Stanford Stanford University Press
26. Kipnis Andrew B. Governing Educational Desire: Culture, Politics, and Schooling in China 2011 Chicago University of Chicago Press [Crossref]
27. Levenson Joseph Richmond Confucian China and Its Modern Fate: A Trilogy 1968 Vol 1 Berkeley University of California Press
28. Liu Shu-hsien "“The Confucian Approach to the Problem of Transcendence and Immanence”" Philosophy East and West 1972 Vol 22 1 45 52 [Crossref]
29. Xun Lu 魯迅 Lu Xun quan ji魯迅全集 [ Complete Works of Lu Xun] 2005 Beijing People’s Literature Press
30. Masuzawa Tomoko The Invention of World Religions: Or, How European Universalism Was Preserved in the Language of Pluralism 2005 Chicago University of Chicago Press [Crossref]
31. Pattberg Thorsten Shengren 2011 New York LoD Press
32. Putnam Robert D. Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community 2000 New York Simon & Schuster
33. Rappaport Roy A. Ritual and Religion in the Making of Humanity 1999 Cambridge Cambridge University Press [Crossref]
34. Samuels Jeffrey Attracting the Heart: Social Relations and the Aesthetics of Emotion in Sri Lankan Monastic Culture 2010 Honolulu University of Hawai’i Press
35. Seligman Adam B. "“Trust and the Problem of Boundaries”" 2014 July 13-19 Paper presented at the 18th ISAWorld Congress of Sociology, Japan, Yokohama,
36. Seligman Adam B. , Weller Robert P. Rethinking Pluralism: Ritual, Experience, and Ambiguity 2012 Oxford Oxford University Press [Crossref]
37. Seligman Adam B. , Simon Bennett , Puett Michael J. , Weller Robert P. Ritual and Its Consequences: An Essay on the Limits of Sincerity 2008 Oxford Oxford University Press [Crossref]
38. Stock Brian The Implications of Literacy: Written Language and Models of Interpretation in the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries 1983 Princeton Princeton University Press
39. Sun Anna Confucianism as a World Religion: Contested Histories and Contemporary Realities 2013 Princeton Princeton University Press
40. Tambiah Stanley Jeyaraja World Conqueror and World Renouncer: A Study of Buddhism and Polity in Thailand Against a Historical Background 1976 Cambridge Cambridge University Press [Crossref]
41. Tsing Anna Lowenhaupt Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection 2005 Princeton Princeton University Press
42. Tu Weiming "“The Confucian Perception of Adulthood”" Daedalus 1976 Vol 105 2 109 123
43. Tu Weiming The Global Significance of Concrete Humanity: Essays on the Confucian Discourse in Cultural China 2010 New Delhi Center for Studies in Civilizations
44. Weber Max The Religion of China: Confucianism and Taoism 1964 New York Macmillan
45. Weller Robert P. Alternate Civilities: Democracy and Culture in China and Taiwan 1999 Boulder Westview Press
46. Weller Robert P. , Fan Lizhu Jiangnan diqu de zongjiao yu gonggong shenghuo江南地区的宗教与公共生活 [ Religion and Public Life in Greater Jiangnan] 2015 Shanghai Shanghai People’s Press
47. Wolf Eric R. Europe and the People Without History 1982 Berkeley University of California Press
48. Jianshun Xu 徐建順 "“Yin song yu jiao yu 吟誦與教育 [Intonation and Education]”" Renmin jiaoyu人民教育 [ People’s Education] 2009 Vol 23 39 41
49. Yang Ching-Kun Religion in Chinese Society 1961 Berkeley University of California Press
50. Yongyi Yue 岳永逸 Ling yan, ke tou, chuan shuo: min zhong xin yang de yin mian yu yang mian靈驗•磕頭•傳說:民眾信仰的陰面與陽面 [ Efficaciousness, Kowtow, Legend: The Double Facets of Popular Belief] 2010 Beijing SDX Joint
51. Xi Zhu 朱熹 Jieren Zhu , et al Zhu zi quan shu朱子全書 [ Complete Works of Master Zhu] 2002 Shanghai Shanghai Press of Classic Literature
http://brill.metastore.ingenta.com/content/journals/10.1163/23521341-01010019
Loading

Article metrics loading...

/content/journals/10.1163/23521341-01010019
2015-05-27
2018-07-21

Sign-in

Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Subscribe to ToC alert
  • Get permissions
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
     
    Journal of Chinese Humanities — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation