• From Religious Rituals to Popular Theatre: Evolution of the Mulian Legend

    Author(s):
    Shiao-ling S. Yu (see profile)
    Date:
    2021
    Group(s):
    GS Drama and Performance
    Subject(s):
    Chinese--Social life and customs
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Chinese culture
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/zw7c-2q87
    Abstract:
    The story about Mulian rescuing his mother from Hell is widely known in China. It has been the subject of numerous operas from many regions of the country from the eleventh century to the present. It is even considered the beginning of Chinese drama. This study investigates how this story of Indic origin has become a Chinese cultural phenomenon by tracing its long evolution and process of Sinification. It also discusses the relationship between rituals and stage performance of the legend.
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    Published as:
    Journal article    
    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    3 years ago
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