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Conclusions

  • Xiaoqun Wu
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Abstract

We find that although the rites of mourning share some basic similarities in terms of both procedures and functions, there are differences between these two ancient societies. In Greece, mourning remained mainly on the level of divinely ordained or external forms and procedures, but was not used to facilitate the expression of philosophical thoughts without involving the social order. In the Chinese case, the Confucians of the Pre-Qin period used rituals as a tool to explain their thoughts about how to organize a community. For them, the ritualized procedures were certainly important, but there was something more profound underlying the ritual. Confucians have integrated funeral with the Confucian values of filial piety and the concept of kinship, which have had a profound impact on subsequent Chinese civilization.

Keywords

The ‘privilege’ of the dead ‘Filial piety’ (孝) The Confucians 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xiaoqun Wu
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  1. 1.Fudan UniversityShanghaiChina

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