24 November 2015

ThinkChina Podcast: Rituals And Sincerity

Rituals And Sincerity

ChinaTalk Lecture about ritual traditions in China by Professor Michael Puett from Harvard University, Professor of Chinese history.

Puett argues that we tend to believe that rituals are things that told people what to do in traditional societies, and rituals would socialise people into certain ways of being. On the contrary we tend to think that being sincere and authentic gives us freedom.

Puett challenges the way rituals are perceived by proposing the option that we have been misreading much of the religious history of humanity by taking ritual statements as belief statements. Furthermore he argues that if we have been misreading traditional cultures, perhaps we are misreading what came after, the so-called modern culture.

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