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Lineage, Market, Pirate, and Dan: Ethnicity in the Pearl River Delta of South China

Helen F. Siu and Liu Zhiwei

in Empire at the Margins

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780520230156
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927537 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520230156.003.0011
Lineage, Market, Pirate, and Dan: Ethnicity in the Pearl River Delta of South China

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Historical records tell that many institutions in the Pearl River delta were initially objectionable to officials but were accepted in due course. Territorial lineages and their ancestral halls proliferated in the Ming, but they were not condoned by any imperial edict. Prominent court officials from Guangdong sided with the Jiajing emperor on the Great Ritual Controversy and gave credence to the worship of blood-ancestors. Only through generations of efforts were these social forms taken for granted. In the process, the territorial lineages acquired meanings far beyond the notion of kinship and family. They became significant building blocks of the imperial order in South China.

Keywords: South China; territorial lineages; historical records; Pearl River Delta; Ming dynasty; Great Ritual Controversy

Chapter.  11839 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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