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Seeking an Audience in the Underworld and the Question of the Han Juridical Soul (向地下官吏請謁:漢代法律意義下的靈魂)

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By considering the Kongjiapo gaodishu (“notice to the underworld”) document of 142 B.C.E. in conjunction with the rishu (“daybook”) manuscript from the same tomb and other examples of gaodishu, this article highlights the function gaodishu served to aid the deceased with meeting important figures in a bureaucratized conception of the underworld. Questions are raised about Han burial practices and contemporaneous social institutions such as chattel slavery.通過比較孔家坡漢墓(公元前142年)出土的《告地書》與《日書》,以及其他漢墓出土的《告地書》文獻,指出《告地書》具有為逝者提供向地下官吏“請謁”的功能,同時討論了喪葬制度、人俑與西漢奴隸制度的關係。

Affiliations: 1: New York University, New York City (紐約,紐約大學)


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