Empowered by ancestors : controversy over the Imperial Temple in Song China (960-1279)
Ancestor worship Public worship China
Hong Kong University Press 2021EISBN 9888268538
'Empowered by Ancestors' examines the enduring tension between cultural authority and political power in imperial China by inquiring into Song ritual debates over the Imperial Temple. During these debates, Song-educated elites utilized various discourses to rectify temple rituals in their own ways. In this process, political interests were less emphasized and even detached from ritual discussions. Meanwhile, Song scholars of particular schools developed various ritual theories that were used to reshape society in later periods. Hence, the Song ritual debates exemplified the great transmission of ancestral ritual norms from the top stratum of imperial court downward to society.