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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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The Proliferation of Lineage Institutions

The Proliferation of Lineage Institutions

(p.177) Chapter Fourteen The Proliferation of Lineage Institutions
Emperor and Ancestor
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As life returned to normal in imperial China, the literati produced offspring who took imperial examinations while land reclamation on the sands continued in earnest. Ancestral halls were erected and genealogies were compiled by people who either passed the examinations or made a fortune on the sands. However, members of the senior officialdom, who at various times had dominated public affairs in Guangzhou under the Ming dynasty, had disappeared. In provincial politics, the lineages of surnames such as Huo Tao, Fang Xianfu, Li Daiwan, and He Hongxiang wielded no more influence. Instead, as the number of families holding official titles swelled, the number of ancestral halls also proliferated. This chapter focuses on the proliferation of lineage institutions from the Ming to the Qing dynasty, as well as on the emergence of supra-lineages.

Keywords:   China, examinations, land reclamation, sands, ancestral halls, Ming dynasty, Qing dynasty, supra-lineages, lineages, Guangzhou

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