[Funeral rites in Song period: - Huang-lu Zhai and Confucian funeral rites/Les rites funraires durant la priode Song : - Huang-lu Zhai et les rites funraires confucianistes]

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Title[Funeral rites in Song period: - Huang-lu Zhai and Confucian funeral rites/Les rites funraires durant la priode Song : - Huang-lu Zhai et les rites funraires confucianistes]
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsMatsumoto, K.
JournalToshokan Joho Daigaku kenkyu hokoku
Volume20
Pagination43
Date Published2001
PublisherUniversity of Library and Information Science
ISBN Number0287-0010
KeywordsAsie orientale, Buddhism, China, Chine, Confucianism, Confucianisme, Croyance populaire, Dynastie Song, Eastern Asia, Enfer, English:: - Malediction, Folk religion, French:: - Maldiction, Funeral ceremony, Hell, Intellectual, Offering, Offrande, Popular Beliefs, Reincarnation, Relation avec les anctres, Relation avec les esprits, Relation with ancestors, Relation with spirits, Religion populaire, Rincarnation, Rite de passage, Rite funraire, Rite of passage, Ritual, Rituel, Song dynasty, Soul, Taoism
Abstract

In the first chapter after the whole contents of Taoist Huang-lu Zhai ritual in the Song period are surveyed, the A. analyzes a series of rites which have as purpose to emancipate the ghosts, especially the sponsor's ancestors from hells, invite them to the sacred space where rites are performed, provide them foods and baths, forge their body into immortals body, and escort them to immortals' world. By analyzing the documents which are issued by Taoist priests to the related gods and organizations in the other world's bureaucracy, the functions which are carried out by main gods and organizations are explained. In the second chapter common people's ideas concerning hells, a ghost's curse upon a man for whom he has great hatred are considered. By performing Huang-lu Zhai the ghost's desire to reincarnate in immortals' world are accomplished, his hatred are soluted, and the cursed released from disease. Such stories appeared in miscellaneous notes in the Song period and the A. investigates common people's ideas concerning these themes. Intellectuals in this period often wrote Taoist green documents for Zhai rituals. Their views of Taoist and Buddhist offerings are analyzed from these documents. In the third chapter funeral rites for commoners are compared, and Zhu-zi's view of soul and funeral rites are analyzed. After the difference between Taoist ritual for deads Huang-lu Zhai and Confucian funeral rites are considered, the A. examines why two kinds of rituals could be docking as can be observed in existing popular funeral rites