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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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Early Ming Society

Early Ming Society

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(p.67) Chapter Six Early Ming Society
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Emperor and Ancestor
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804753180.003.0006

The Pearl River Delta underwent a dark age in its history that began in the fourteenth century and lasted until a decade or so before the founding of the Ming dynasty in 1368. During the Ming dynasty (1279–1368), a new ruling class came into existence along with a society that was radically different from the image historians might have of the Pearl River Delta, when lineages had been established all over and lineage rituals in the style advocated by the neo-Confucians during the Song dynasty had been put into place. In those early days, Pearl River Delta society was dominated by warlords, many of whom held official positions in the Yuan government. The Ming government imposed onto this society lijia household registration in stages, and the registered households eventually became lineages.

Keywords:   Pearl River Delta, Ming dynasty, society, warlords, lineages, rituals, lijia, household registration

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