The interweaving of rituals

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.There are diaerent ways of analyzing the changes funerals underwent, depending on which template one takes as ... monks or Daoist priests to recite scriptures and perform rituals with merit-making purpose, Catholic priests were now invited.

Title:The interweaving of rituals
Author: N Standaert
Publisher:University of Washington Press - 2011-03-15

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