Funerary Ritual and The Building of Lineages in Late Imperial China

TitleFunerary Ritual and The Building of Lineages in Late Imperial China
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1989
AuthorsBrook, T
JournalHarvard Journal of Asiatic Studies
Volume49
Pagination465-499
ISBN Number0073-0548
KeywordsASIAN STUDIES, Buddhism, Funerals, History
Abstract

Buddhist funerary practices are examined. In order to understand some gentry’s abandonment of the rites, one must recognize a trend in the late Ming and early Qing dynasties that is outside the intellectual realm but is congruent with the shift to Neo-Confucian rites and is the rise of the agnatic lineage as the primary form of kinship organization.