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The Chinese Classic of Family ReverenceA Philosophical Translation of the Xiaojing$
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Henry Jr. Rosemont and Roger T. Ames

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832841

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832841.001.0001

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Mourning for Parents 《喪親章》‎

Mourning for Parents 《喪親章》‎

Chapter 18. Mourning for Parents 《喪親章》‎
The Chinese Classic of Family Reverence

Henry Rosemont

Roger T. Ames

University of Hawai'i Press

In this chapter, Confucius and Master Zeng are having a conversation about the responsibility of children to the spirits of their deceased parents and to their ancestors. According to Confucius, filial children who are in mourning for a parent weep without prolonged wailing, participate in the funeral ceremony without elegant clothing, and speak plainly without trying to be eloquent. “Mourning must not exceed three years to make it clear to the people that they must find closure.” Confucius continues, “When their parents are alive they are served with love and respect and when they are deceased they are served with grief and sorrow. This is the basic duty being discharged by the living, the fulfilling of the appropriate obligations between the living and the dead, and the consummation of service filial children owe their parents.”

Keywords:   mourning, Confucius, Master Zeng, parents, filial children, funeral ceremony, love, respect, grief, dead

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