Mourning Rituals in Archaic & Classical Greece and Pre-Qin China

  • Xiaoqun Wu

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Xiaoqun Wu
    Pages 1-24
  3. Xiaoqun Wu
    Pages 49-61
  4. Xiaoqun Wu
    Pages 63-71
  5. Xiaoqun Wu
    Pages 73-84
  6. Xiaoqun Wu
    Pages 85-99
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 101-106

About this book


This pivot compares mourning rituals in Archaic & Classical Greece and Pre-Qin China to illustrate some of the principles and methods used in comparative studies.  It focuses on three main aspects of mourning of the dead before burial — lamentation, mourners’ gestures and behaviors, and mourning apparel—to demonstrate the cultural function, purpose, and social influence of mourning. A key comparative study of rituals at the heart of both Western and Chinese culture, this text highlights the cultural function and social influence of rituals of two ancient peoples and will be of interest to all scholars of comparative religion, sociology and anthropology.


Ritualized Mourning in Eastern and Western Cultures Aspects of Mourning before Burial Cultural Functions and Social Influence of Rituals Mourning Rituals in Archaic & Classical Greece and Pre-Qin China lamentation, Mourners’ Gestures and Behaviours Social Influence of Mourning Rituals

Authors and affiliations

  • Xiaoqun Wu
    • 1
  1. 1.Fudan UniversityShanghaiChina

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