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|Other Titles:||Emotion and Virtue: The Joint Burial Tombs of Ming Concubines in Southern China|
Ming dynasty;Jiangnan;Concubines;Archaeology;Joint Burial
|Issue Date:||2016-06-02 16:01:12 (UTC+8)|
Ph D. Candidate of School of Archaeology and Museology, Peking University Resources related to concubines in Tang and Sung dynasties are limited, yet they still manage to reveal the fragile status of concubines as family members.In traditional Chinese convention, there is a noticeable lack of a formal marriage contract, weak support from their natal families, and the conventional and legal conviction that their biological children belonged to the first wives. In contrast with the scarce records of Tang and Sung, abundant materials in the form of novels and literati writing have helped us understand other aspects of the lives of Ming concubines. In recent years, the excavations of Ming tombs in Southern China provide more explicit evidence than in previous dynasties that concubines could be jointly-buried with their husbands and their other wives. This phenomenon, which is potentially of great significance, has not yet been studied. This article uses epitaphs, genealogical records and tombs to analyze the occurrence of joint-burial tombs of concubines in Ming dynasty. Ming concubines are portrayed differently than earlier concubines in terms of ritual, emotion, and even in terms of how the family is conceptualized. These sources also suggest that their participation in the domestic sphere softens the rigid definitions of their roles prescribed by society and the law. Careful analysis of these texts paints a logical and historical background for the joint-burial tombs of concubines in Ming.
|Relation:||政治大學歷史學報, 37, 1-42|
The Journal of History
|Appears in Collections:||[政治大學歷史學報 THCI Core ] 期刊論文|
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