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Willamette University

900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301

503-370-6300 voice

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Japanese and Chinese Studies: Chinese Studies

CHNSE 252 (US) Rites of Passage in Chinese Societies (1)

[Crosslisted with ANTH 252]

This course surveys the life-cycle rituals of birth, marriage, and death in Chinese societies from folkloristic, anthropological, philosophical, and historical perspectives. By reading the text, understanding the context, observing the performance, and reenacting the rituals, the participants learn the subject as a disciplinary field and as a body of knowledge in Chinese culture, and examine the rituals through such topics as gender role, ethnic identity, symbolism, belief and behavior, folklore and tradition, and continuity of culture.

Mode of Inquiry: Understanding Society; Asian Cluster; Death Cluster

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Zhang