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Abstract

This paper suggests an alternative reading of the “Cook Ding” story in the Zhuangzi as a critique of political ritual in early China and of the violent domestication regime it represents. The story satirically reverses the ritual invisibilization of a slaughter of humans and beasts. It parodies a murderous “royal way of life” by having a butcher perform a ritual slaughter in front of a ruler.

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ISSN
1529-1898
Print ISSN
0031-8221
Launched on MUSE
2019-01-09
Open Access
No
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