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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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Beyond the Pearl River Delta

Beyond the Pearl River Delta

(p.351) Chapter Twenty-Three Beyond the Pearl River Delta
Emperor and Ancestor
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On the basis of the lineage history reconstructed by Liang Hongsheng and Shao Hong for the village of Liukeng, it was evident that ancestral sacrifice was offered up to the early Ming dynasty primarily at the ancestors' graves. In particular, Liang Hongsheng has linked the deities considered central to Liukeng to the early ancestral graves. There is also evidence of ancestral sacrifice in Putian county, Fujian, during the Song dynasty prior to the appearance of the ancestral hall. Ancestral halls such as the Huang surname's at Putian suggest that a lineage tradition anchored on ancestral sacrifice began earlier in Putian than in the Pearl River Delta. This ancestral sacrifice, along with Buddhist monasteries, in Song-dynasty Putian, as in many other parts of Fujian, was part of the broader belief in spirits. Local studies indicate that administrative changes in Fujian contributed to changes in rituals observed in the Pearl River Delta.

Keywords:   Pearl River Delta, lineage, Liukeng, Fushan, Putian, ancestral halls, graves, rituals, deities, ancestral sacrifice

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