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Title: Devoting Filial Piety to Celestial Spirits: The Ritual Patterns of Paternity in the Prehistory of Daoist Lingbao Tradition
Authors: 吳楊
Yang, Wu
Contributors: 華人宗教研究
Keywords: Filial piety ; Early Daoism ; Lingbao traidition ; Daoist ritual ; paternity 
孝 ; 道教 ; 儒道交流 ; 儀式 ; 東漢
Date: 2019-01
Issue Date: 2020-11-24 16:30:57 (UTC+8)
Abstract: Filial piety plays a significant role in Chinese thoughts and history. However, its meaning and practice were open to interpret and the concrete actions to embody it were subject to change. When it became more and more religious in the Eastern Han, filial piety inspired various religious communities, to embed filial piety in their ritual practice. Therefore, to investigate the practices associated with filial piety beyond the rhetorical devices in Confucian texts provides a unique perspective to observe the interaction between Confucianism and Daoism. This paper begins with scrutinizing the symbolic meaning of filial piety in a jiao ritual in the Daoist Lingbao wufu xu and remarks on its metaphorical usages. Then it traces the concept of paternity, in which filiality intrinsically constitutes an essential part, in the three early religious texts that contain many Daoist characteristics, and analyzes the similar role it plays in aiding the ritual practices in these texts, and points out the different patterns these texts apply to understand the paternity. I argue that religious communities in the Eastern Han consciously used the multivalence of paternity to create a shared world in the rituals that was constantly negotiated with the normative Confucian convention, thus producing a significant milieu from which the Lingbao tradition grew.
Relation: 華人宗教研究, 13, 53-93
Data Type: article
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