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By Alan Chan, Sor-Hoon Tan

The phenomenon of filial piety is prime to our realizing of chinese language tradition, and this glorious selection of essays explores its position in a number of parts of lifestyles all through historical past. frequently considered as the foremost to retaining chinese language culture and identification, its almost certainly monstrous influence on executive and the advance of chinese language tradition makes it super suitable, and even supposing constantly virtuous in its merchandising of social harmony, its rules are usually debatable. A large variety of subject matters are mentioned chronologically together with Confucianism, Buddhism and Daoism, making it crucial studying for these learning chinese language tradition, faith and philosophy. this can be a multi-disciplinary survey that mixes historic reviews with philosophical research from a world staff of revered individuals.

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The king of Wu, Helü (ruled 513– 494 ), offers to levy troops to help Wu Zixu to take vengeance on Chu, but is met by a refusal from Zixu, who claims it is a matter of personal vengeance, involving, what’s more, a mere commoner: A feudal lord does not raise an army for the sake of a commoner. ” A subject will not avenge his father to the detriment of his prince. After hearing these gallant words, Helü gives up on attacking Chu. Some time later, Chu exerts its tyranny on the small state of Cai, which turns to Wu for support.

Su Buwei had to be content with assassinating Li’s concubine and child, and unearthing Li’s father’s corpse in order to cut off the head and expose it in the market place. Only after carrying out such a grim task did Su Buwei allow himself to return home and perform Filial piety with a vengeance 39 the proper rites of mourning for his own father. At this point, Su’s biography adds that only He Xiu (129–182), a Later Han eminent exegete on the Gongyang, provided canonical justification for such a bloody revenge by comparing it to that of Wu Zixu.

Couvreur, Li Ki: ou mémoires sur les bienséances et les cérémonies, texte Chinois, avec une double traduction en Français et en Latin, 1899, Paris: Cathasia, 1950 reprint, vol. 1, p. 53. 4 The Gongyang tradition, as it was elaborated during the Han period, from Dong Zhongshu to He Xiu, is the object of my Etude sur le confucianisme Han. L’élaboration d’une tradition exégétique sur les Classiques, Paris: Collège de France, Institut des Hautes Etudes Chinoises, 1985. 5 This is the so-called principle of “collective liability” (lian zuo ) established by Qin law: the sanction for certain heavy crimes was not limited to the individual but extended to members of his family, neighbors, or, in the case of an official, to his immediate superiors or subordinates or to those who had recommended him to office.

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