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Women of the Conquest DynastiesGender and Identity in Liao and Jin China$
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Linda Cooke Johnson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834043

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834043.001.0001

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Jin Women’s Daily Lives

Jin Women’s Daily Lives

Three Jin Women’s Daily Lives
Women of the Conquest Dynasties

Linda Cooke Johnson

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines the daily lives of Jin women based on histories and other documents, along with incidental information from collections of Jin literature and various sources of information on material culture in the Jin period. Jurchen women were praised for martial acts, and Jurchen girls were free to walk the streets singing of their accomplishments. They participated in raucous parties and drank with men, rode astride, and hunted, and they took part in abduction or elopement marriages—willingly or otherwise. This chapter first considers what can be known about the lives of women in Jurchen culture before turning to the lives of haner women (former residents of the Liao state) as well as former subjects of the Song dynasty who lived under Jin rule. It also analyzes the burial of the Prince of Qi and the extant Wenji gui Han painting that offer insights into the lives and customs of Jurchen women.

Keywords:   daily lives, Jin women, Jin literature, material culture, Jurchen women, Jurchen culture, haner, Prince of Qi, painting, customs

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