Concluding Reflections

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

Concluding Reflections

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This chapter situates the Confucian theory of ritual portrayed in this book within the larger context of ritual studies. In order to do this, it first describes several relevant theories of ritual put forth by modern scholars. It then explains how the theory of ritual delineated in this study contributes to this conversation. In short, the Liji articulates a tragic theory of ritual that enriches the study of change and efficacy with regards to ritual.

Keywords: Confucian theory; ritual studies; Liji; change; efficacy

Chapter.  6294 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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