Death Ritual in Late Imperial and Modern ChinaeBook - 1988
University of California Press
During the late imperial era (1500-1911), China, though divided by ethnic, linguistic, and regional differences at least as great as those prevailing in Europe, enjoyed a remarkable solidarity. What held Chinese society together for so many centuries? Some scholars have pointed to the institutional control over the written word as instrumental in promoting cultural homogenization; others, the manipulation of the performing arts. This volume, comprised of essays by both anthropologists and historians, furthers this important discussion by examining the role of death rituals in the unification of Chinese culture.
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1988
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xv, 334 pages,  pages of plates) : illustrations