Mourning Apparel

  • Xiaoqun Wu


This chapter focuses on mourning apparel. In ancient Greece, there was a difference between everyday dress and mourning apparel, but there were no detailed requirements specified, other than the color of mourning apparel and the length of time for which it should be worn. In contrast to the Greeks, who did not pay much attention to the mourning apparel of mourners, Chinese mourning apparel constituted the most delicate and significant part of the funerary rites, especially in the rite of mourning. During the Pre-Qin period, from the rites of mourning to the funeral itself, the mourners were differentiated by their mourning apparel. Different kinships corresponded to different categories of mourning apparel.


Mourning apparel ‘Five-Suits’ Kinships The Confucians 


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  • Xiaoqun Wu
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  1. 1.Fudan UniversityShanghaiChina

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