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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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Private Affairs

Private Affairs

Seven Private Affairs
Women of the Conquest Dynasties

Linda Cooke Johnson

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines women's private affairs dealing with education, religion, and romance in the Liao and Jin periods. It begins with a discussion of how women in Jin and Liao society were educated and proceeds by considering women's involvement in Buddhism, along with the ways in which they contributed to Buddhist institutions. It then turns to the rumored liaison between Empress Chengtian and her chief minister, Hann Derang. More specifically, it analyzes the romance in the context of Liao conventions regarding sexuality, betrothal, and widowhood, plus new archaeological discoveries, and suggests that the rumors involving Chengtian and Hann Derang may well have been true.

Keywords:   women, private affairs, education, religion, romance, Jin society, Liao society, Buddhism, Chengtian, Hann Derang

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