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The Interweaving of Rituals
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The death of the Italian Jesuit Matteo Ricci in China in 1610 was the occasion for demonstrations of European rituals appropriate for a Catholic priest and also of Chinese rituals appropriate to the country hosting the Jesuit community. Rather than burying Ricci immediately in a plain coffin near the church, according to their European practice, the Jesuits followed Chinese custom and kept Ricci's body for nearly a year in an air-tight Chinese-style coffin and asked the emperor for burial ground outside the city walls. Moreover, at Ricci's funeral itself, on their own initiative the Chinese performed their funerary rituals, thus starting a long and complex cultural dialogue in which they took the lead during the next century.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 3-9
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  1. 1 / Chinese and European Funerals
  2. pp. 10-36
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  1. 2 / Missionaries' Knowledge of Chinese Funerals
  2. pp. 37-80
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  1. 3 / The Gradual Embedding of Christian Funeral Rituals in China
  2. pp. 81-117
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  1. 4 / Funerals as Public Manifestation
  2. pp. 118-139
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  1. 5 / Funerals as Community Practice
  2. pp. 140-163
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  1. 6 / Christian versus Superstitious Rituals
  2. pp. 164-183
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  1. 7 / Imperial Sponsorship of Jesuit Funerals
  2. pp. 184-206
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  1. 8 / Conclusion: The Metaphor of Textile Weaving
  2. pp. 207-230
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  1. Appendix
  2. pp. 231-234
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 235-282
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  1. Chinese Glossary
  2. pp. 283-288
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. 289-290
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 291-314
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 315-328
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