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Traces of the Sage: Monument, Materiality, and the First Temple of Confucius

James A. Flath


Traces of the Sage explores the history, architecture and conservation of Kong Temple (The Temple of Confucius) in Qufu Shandong. Although the temple is among the oldest continually maintained architectural sites in the world, the study proposes that it should not be understood as a stable entity, but rather in terms of its ongoing construction. By analyzing the circumstances of construction and maintenance at various points in Chinese history the book investigates how the temple was perceived and valued as a relic of Confucius. Through an investigation of the rituals and ritual appointments i ... More

Keywords: Temple of Confucius (Kong Temple), history, heritage, material culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780824853709
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824853709.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James A. Flath, author
University of Western Ontario