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Theater of the Dead: A Social Turn in Chinese Funerary Art, 1000-1400

Jeehee Hong


In eleventh century China, dazzling theatrical spectacles were performed not only for the living, but also the dead. Beyond urbanizing theaters and temple stages, developments in theatrical performances also materialized as conspicuous representations and entered underground tomb spaces. The occupants of these tombs exclusively belong to a kind of local elites who were affluent yet socially underprivileged, such as merchants or well-off farmers. Theater of the Dead is the first in-depth study of a rich corpus of funerary art representing theatrical performances that reveal their attitudes towa ... More

Keywords: China, tombs, netherworld, cultural taste, funerary art, religions, middle period, elite, theater, theatricality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780824855376
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824855376.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeehee Hong, author
Syracuse University

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