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Sanctity and Self-Inflicted Violence in Chinese Religions, 1500-1700

Jimmy Yu


Self-inflicted violence in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries was a constituent and sanctioned aspect of the Chinese cultural life. As a category, self-inflicted violence allows us to see scholarly biases that tend to marginalize certain phenomena in Chinese culture while highlighting others. This book brings to light other, larger and more systemic preconceived ideas that attend analytic categories of religion, culture, and ritual. It examines a range of practices including blood writing, filial body-slicing, chastity mutilations and suicides, and ritual exposure and self-immolation, whi ... More

Keywords: self-inflicted violence, sanctity, self-mutilation, suicide, blood writing, filial piety, body-slicing, female chastity, ritual exposure, self-immolation, Daoism, Confucianism, agency, asceticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199844906
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199844906.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jimmy Yu, author
Florida State University