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Time and Ritual in Early China
editor(s): Wang-Riese, Xiaobing / Höllmann, Thomas O.
volume: 153
pages/dimensions: 209 pages
language: English
binding: Book (Paperback)
dimensions: 17.00 × 24.00 cm
edition: 1. Auflage
publishing date: 04.01.2010
prices: 38,00 Eur[D] / 39,10 Eur[A]
ISBN: 978-3-447-06106-3
38,00 Eur

This is the publication of proceedings from the conference “Writing, Ritual and Cultural Memory in Early States” which took place in Munich in November 2007. It is dedicated to the German Sinologist Herbert Franke on the occasion of his 95th birthday on September 27th of 2009.
The papers contained in this book examine ways in which time and ritual mutually stimulated each other in Early China. Attention is also paid to the role played by writing in encoding the calendar system and in the notation of time, and how time and history were linked. Most authors make use of archaeologically excavated inscriptions and try to coordinate them with received texts of Confucian classics. Their philological and historical examinations lead to in-depth views of the cultural complexity of early Chinese civilization as well as its non-linear development. Questions raised provide new perspectives and stimuli for future studies.