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Ancestors, kings, and the Dao

Author: Constance A Cook
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Published by the Harvard University Asia Center, 2017. ©2017
Series: Harvard-Yenching Institute monograph series, 107.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Traces the rise of poetry from eulogies in BCE excavated texts and outlines the evolution of musical performance within and away from the context of ancestor worship. Compares the rhetoric of bronze inscriptions with later uses of similar terms in newly discovered bamboo texts from the Warring States period"--
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Constance A Cook
ISBN: 9780674976955 0674976959
OCLC Number: 972092972
Description: x, 337 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Part I. Establishing the Zhou tradition. 1. Memorial feasts and the rise of eulogy to Zhou kings. Memorial feasts and founder sacrifices --
Zhou founder kings : a case of King Wen, the ancestor, and King Wu, the son --
Creating the nation --
Divine models --
Ancestors and the hunt --
Summary --
2. Kings, ancestors, and the transmission of De. Transitions and setting the pattern --
The founder king as earth deity --
Summary --
3. Song of heirs. Royal inscriptions : the king as heir --
Regional heirs control the sacred narrative --
Lengthy bronze narratives and the role of the king --
Summary --
4. Eulogy and the rise of the musical performance. Training the Xiaozi --
The ancient eulogy or praise song --
Eulogy in ritual performance --
Summary --
Part II. The Zhou way after the Zhou. 5. Transitions and bronze inscriptions. Archaic rings --
Western --
Northern --
Southern --
Northeastern --
Summary --
6. The new old Zhou way. Notes on the transmission of odes and a song of King Wen --
Summary --
7. From ancestor worship to inner cultivation. Notes on the bamboo text The lute dance of Zhou Gong --
Musical performance and textual production --
Reexamining the Great preface --
Inner feeling, outer decorum --
The odes as Dao : cultivating the intention --
Summary --
8. Coming-of-age rituals. Performing the capping ritual --
Ritual and music as a method for "completion" --
Coming-of-age narratives in the eastern Zhou --
Remnants of promotion narratives in warring states texts --
Summary --
Conclusion.
Series Title: Harvard-Yenching Institute monograph series, 107.
Responsibility: Constance A. Cook.

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Ancestors, Kings, and the Dao outlines the evolution of musical performance in early China, first within and then ultimately away from the socio-religious context of ancestor worship. The focus of  Read more...

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