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Death Rituals and Politics in Northern Song China

Mihwa Choi


This study inquires into a historical question of how politics surrounding death rituals and ensuing changes in ritual performance shaped a revival of Confucianism during eleventh-century China. It investigates how polarizing debates about death rituals introduced new terrain for political power dynamics between monarchy and officialdom, and between groups of court officials. During the reign of Renzong, in reaction to Emperor Zhenzong’s statewide Daoist ritual programs for venerating the royal ancestors, some court officials maneuvered in the imperial court to return Confucian canonical ritua ... More

Keywords: Confucianism, Northern Song, death, rituals, politics, imaginaries

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190459765
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190459765.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mihwa Choi, author
Lecturer, Chapman University