Theory and practice of ancestor veneration rites

Dean, Faculty of Humanities, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

This project studies the theories of ancestral veneration and principles of veneration rites found in the Confucian classics and early historical writings, major debates over correct sacrificial rites for the ancestors in history, sacrificial rituals and their observance as well as the social institutions derives from them since the Song dynasty, and contemporary practice of ancestral veneration rites to see what problems have been and still are facing the tradition of ancestor worship and people’s adjustments to it.