Ritual Civilization and Mythological Coding: Cultural Interpretation of Li Ji (Understanding China) (Paperback)

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Ritual Civilization and Mythological Coding: Cultural Interpretation of Li Ji (Understanding China) (Paperback)

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This book places Li Ji (the Book of Rites) back in the overall context of "books," "rites" and its research history, drawing on the interrelations between myth, ritual and "materialized" symbols to do so. Further, it employs the double perspectives of "books" and "rites" to explore the sources and symbols of the capping ceremony (rites of passage), decode the prototypes of Miao and Ming Tang, and restore the discourse patterns of "people of five directions." The book subsequently investigates the formation and function of the Yue Ling calendar and disaster ritual, so as to reveal the human cognitive encoding and metalanguage of ritual behavior involved. In the process, it demonstrates that Li Ji, its textual memories, archaeological remains and "traditional ceremony" narratives are all subject to the latent myth coding mechanism in China's cultural system, while the "compilation" and "materialized" remains are merely forms of ritual refactoring, interpretation and exhibition, used whenauthority seeks the aid of ritual civilization to strengthen its legitimacy and maintain the social order.
Product Details ISBN: 9789811543951
ISBN-10: 981154395X
Publisher: Springer
Publication Date: July 20th, 2021
Pages: 346
Language: English
Series: Understanding China