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Ming Princes: An Overview

Richard G. Wang

in The Ming Prince and Daoism

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199767687
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950607 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199767687.003.0001
Ming Princes: An Overview

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Chapter 1 provides an overview of the Ming princely institution. It delineates the physical size and layout of the princely estate and the size of the population working for each principality. It proceeds to the relationship between the princely courts and local society, including the contributions the principalities made to local societies and cities. This general outline also sketches the institutional transformation from the early to later Ming princes, in particular due to the introduction of the fanjin system. In addition, their sole function after the early Ming was ritual. In these cultural contexts, the chapter explores the origins of Daoist patronage among the Ming princes, and gives an overall picture of their engagements with Daoism.

Keywords: imperial princes; commandery princes; princedom; fanjin; bodyguard garrisons; imperial clan; state stipends; princely estates; local society; Daoist patronage

Chapter.  10124 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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