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Mortuary Practices and Funeral Rites . Buddhist monks provided funerary services: Buddhist Services: A way to help the dead through these passages by transferring merit to them. The services were held in the home of the deceased or in a temple Monks chanted sutras when performing services

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mortuary practices and funeral rites
Mortuary Practices and Funeral Rites
  • Buddhist monks provided funerary services:
    • Buddhist Services:
    • A way to help the dead through these passages by transferring merit to them.
    • The services were held in the home of the deceased or in a temple
    • Monks chanted sutras when performing services
    • The most elaborate service: Great Ceremony of Land and Water
mortuary function of buddhist institution
Mortuary Function of Buddhist Institution
  • Buddhist temples were places to store coffins until burial could be arranged
  • Buddhist clergy led funeral procession
  • Buddhist temples often aided the practice of cremation, providing crematories, storing ashes…
buddhism and geomancy
Buddhism and Geomancy
  • Geomancers and Buddhist temples worked together in the provision for funerary services
    • Buddhists handled the ceremonies that focused on the rebirth of the soul
    • Geomancers handled the burial of the body
  • Geomancers were not always “rustic masters and vulgar shamans”
    • Some of them were prominent Confucian scholars
state responses to cults and spirits
State Responses to Cults and Spirits
  • To cults
    • Outlaw practices
    • Regulate practices
    • Define and codify
    • Use power of example
      • Promoted charitable graveyard
  • To spirits
    • Outlaw their shrines
    • Recognition and reward
    • Appeasement
    • Exorcism
      • Thunder rites
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