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Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph Series 115

Shrines to Living Men in the Ming Political Cosmos

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$45.00 • £36.95 • €40.50

ISBN 9780674987142

Publication Date: 12/31/2018


378 pages

6 x 9 inches

10 line illustrations, 3 tables

Harvard University Asia Center > Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph Series


  • List of Illustrations and Tables*
  • Acknowledgments
  • Abbreviations
  • Chronology
  • Introduction
  • I. Foundation and Floor
    • 1. An Ordinary Institution
    • 2. Parentalism
    • 3. Worship
  • II. Pillars and Beams
    • 4. Political Work
    • 5. From Flattery to Participation
    • 6. Commoners
  • III. Walls and Roof
    • 7. A Political Investment
    • 8. Complications
    • 9. The Minor Mandate
  • Conclusion
  • Glossary of Chinese Terms
  • Bibliography
    • Steles and Other Primary Texts Cited by English Title
    • Gazetteers Cited
    • Other Works Cited
  • Index
  • * Illustrations and Tables
    • Figures
      • I.1. Tortoises bearing steles at a posthumous shrine
      • 1.1. Mr. Bi’s Living Shrine
      • 1.2. The Shrine to Local Worthies and the Shrine to Eminent Officials
      • 2.1. Li Jing’s Premortem Shrine
      • 4.1. Seeing off the departing magistrate
      • 5.1. Smashing the prefect’s image
      • 8.1. The Revering Merit and Admiring Virtue Premortem Shrine
      • 8.2. The Responding to Grace Shrine at West Lake
      • 8.3. Happy commoners at the Premortem Shrine of Palace Eunuch Liu Jing
      • 9.1. Elevation of an honorary title for magistrate in a gazetteer
    • Tables
      • 1.1. Contributions to Li Wenkui’s Premortem Shrine, 1607–10
      • 6.1. Sponsors of the Living Shrine to Taiping Magistrate Zhang Tingbang
      • 7.1. Magistrates of Shahe County and their honors

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