Summary: During the late imperial era (1500-1911), China, though divided by ethnic, linguistic, and regional differences at least as great as those prevailing in Europe, enjoyed a remarkable solidarity. What held Chinese society together for so many centuries? Some scholars have pointed to the institutional control over the written word as instrumental in promoting cultural homogenization; others, the manipulation of the performing arts. This volume, comprised of essays by bo ...show moreth anthropologists and historians, furthers this important discussion by examining the role of death rituals in the unification of Chinese culture. ...show lessEdition/Copyright: 88
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