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Ying-shih Yü

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231178587

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231178587.001.0001

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New Evidence on the Early Chinese Conception of Afterlife

New Evidence on the Early Chinese Conception of Afterlife

Chapter:
(p.85) 4. New Evidence on the Early Chinese Conception of Afterlife
Source:
Chinese History and Culture
Author(s):

Ying-shih Yü

, Josephine Chiu-Duke, Michael S. Duke
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231178587.003.0004

This extended review article discusses how various death-related myths of pre-Buddhist origins helped reveal both early Chinese beliefs about the hereafter and basic Chinese values regarding the nature and meaning of life, as does the symbolism of funeral rituals in practically all cultures.

Keywords:   Marquis of Dai, Paradise, Cosmos, death rituals, Queen Mother of the West, funerary objects

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