Chinese Ritual and the Practice of Law
24 Pages Posted: 18 Sep 2014
Date Written: September 10, 2014
While there is much literature about the contemporary practice of law in China, almost no articles discuss the rituals involved. This article describes five common Chinese rituals in the contemporary practice of law: drinking tea, banqueting, drinking alcohol, napping, and karaoke. These rituals are traced to their ancient origins in ancestor worship, traditional Chinese medicine, and Confucian, Daoist, and Buddhist thought. Then they are explicated for their contemporary meaning. Properly observed, these rituals promote just governance, harmony, balance, and physical and spiritual wholeness. They should be celebrated and practiced without excess.
Keywords: China, ritual, law, lawyers, practice of law, tea, food, alcohol, nap, karaoke, ancestor worship, Confucius, Daoism, Buddhism, harmony, justice, legal anthropology, traditional Chinese medicine
JEL Classification: I12, K10, K40, L84
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