Michael David Kaulana Ing

in The Dysfunction of Ritual in Early Confucianism

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199924899
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980437 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Ritual Studies Series


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This introductory chapter first sets out the purpose of the book, which is to engage in a close reading of the Liji—one that seeks to maintain a dual commitment to the diversity of perspectives presented in the text, on the one hand, and their overlapping concern for the dysfunction of ritual, on the other. The general question addressed is: How do the authors/redactors of the Liji recognize, explain, and cope with dysfunctional rituals. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: Liji; Confucianism; dysfunctional rituals

Chapter.  6610 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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