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The Transition of Early Chinese Ritual and Music Systems after Ritual Institution by Duke of Zhou

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DOI: 10.23977/jsoce.2023.051017 | Downloads: 13 | Views: 279


Pang Wenyi 1


1 School of History and Culture, Southwest University, Beibei, Chongqing, China

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Pang Wenyi


"For the courses to be pursued by men, the influence of music is great". This quote is from Yue Ji: The Origin of Music chapter, where "Yue" refers to the ritual and music system, a significant political institution in the pre-Qin period of China. The scholarly understanding of "Li and Yue" dates back to the Xia and Shang dynasties. Originally, "Li" referred to ancient sacrificial practices, gradually evolving into a fundamental aspect of feudal hierarchy, while "Yue" was developed specifically to accompany the various rituals performed by aristocracies [11]. Drawing upon the historical context, lessons of history, and the needs of governance, the sages of ancient China, culminating in the Zhou Dynasty, formulated a comprehensive system of rituals and music (Li and Yue). This system not only reflects social hierarchy and order but also carries the functions of cultural transmission and moral education, which is significant for understanding the development of ancient Chinese society and civilization, as well as contemporary cultural identity and inheritance. Therefore, research on the rituals and music system has remained a popular topic in academia [12].


Ritual and music system; Ritual and music culture; Pre-Qin period


Pang Wenyi, The Transition of Early Chinese Ritual and Music Systems after Ritual Institution by Duke of Zhou. Journal of Sociology and Ethnology (2023) Vol. 5: 123-126. DOI:


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