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Emperor and AncestorState and Lineage in South China$
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David Faure

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780804753180

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804753180.001.0001

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Lineage Building:

Lineage Building:

The Huo Surname of Foshan

(p.125) Chapter Ten Lineage Building:
Emperor and Ancestor
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Members of local lineages who acquired senior degrees (that is, high status) were involved in various lineage-building activities. Descendants had the opportunity to acquire degrees due to education, personal connections, and the enforcement of a scholastic tradition. However, lineage branches differed as a result of uneven opportunities within the lineage. A lineage group found it difficult to continue producing achievers of very senior official status, but retained the status of literati that was enshrined by the building of an ancestral hall in the official style. This chapter examines lineage building as a means to attain high status during the Ming dynasty, focusing on the Huo surname of Shitou and Shangyuan villages, both located on the edge of Foshan.

Keywords:   Huo surname, lineage, official status, Foshan, senior degrees, literati, Ming dynasty, Shitou, Shangyuan, villages

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