Princely Ritual Institutions

Richard G. Wang

in The Ming Prince and Daoism

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199767687
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950607 | DOI:
Princely Ritual Institutions

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Chapter 2 focuses first on the general ritual institutions in each princely establishment and then on the Divine Music Abbey system for each principality at the local level. Many rituals and sacrifices were practiced in the princely establishments, and they played an extremely important role in the lives of the princes and of their courts. In terms of the Divine Music Abbey system, each princedom had a branch of it which was staffed with Daoist ritual musicians and dancers (yuewusheng). This chapter illustrates how Daoist priests functioned as key performers in state rituals at the local level managed by the Ming princes. As a result of this, the princely courtly rites were characterized by a Daoist flavour.

Keywords: ritual institutions; clan temple; family shrine; the Sacrificial Office; Zhengyi; the Divine Music Abbey; yuewusheng; lisheng; state rituals; the Court of Imperial Sacrifices

Chapter.  3282 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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