The Shaping of the Book of Songs: From Ritualization to Secularization

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The present work is a study on the formation of the Shih-ching. The author poses the hypothesis that this collection of poems, as the standard music and literature passed down to later generations, initially incorporated different cultural heritages through a process which moved from ritualization to secularization, as well as standardization to localization.

In aiming to find the origins of the division of the Shih-ching into sections and subsections and their titles, as "Nan," "Feng," "Ya," and "Sung," the author employs an interdisciplinary methodology, combining ethno-musicological methods with paleography, philology, and archaeology. He draws on new archaeological data of the past two decades that has shed new light on the Shih-ching.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSankt Augustin
PublisherMonumenta Serica Institute
Number of pages380
ISBN (Print)9783805005418
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2007

Publication series

NameMonumenta Serica Monograph Series


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