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Jing-Chu suishi ji 荊楚歲時記

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Jing-Chu suishi ji 荊楚歲時記 "Festivals and seasonal customs of the Jing-Chu region" is a description of habits, customs and festivities through the year in the southern region of Jing or Chu (modern Hubei and Hunan). It was written by Zong Lin 宗懍 during the Liang period 梁 (502-557). In 37 paragraphs Zong Lin describes annual festivals in short, and adds commentaries to the origin as seen from different literary sources. Some festivals can be traced back to historical events or persons, some to agricultural activities, others to the veneration of deities or ancestors; irregular festivities are related to diseases and their curing, marriage and childbirth, dances and bodily acitivities, or the expelling of evil ghosts.
The original, 4 to 10 chapters juan "scrolls" long book has been lost and had to be reconstruced from quotations in other books, like the encyclopedias Yiwen leiju 藝文類聚 and Taiping yulan 太平御覽. In 1982 the Jing-Chu suishi ji was republished by the Hubei renmin press 湖北人民出版社.

Festival and ritual calendar: selections from Record of the Year and Seasons of Jing-Chu [an annotated festival calendar of the mid-sixth to the early seventh century] Detail Only Available Book By: Chapman, Ian. In: Swartz, Wendy; Campany, Robert Ford; Lu, Yang; Choo, Jessey J.C., eds. Early medieval China: a sourcebook. New York: Columbia University Press, 2014. xxi, 720p. p.468-493

Sources: Zhao Hankun 趙含坤 (ed. 2005), Zhongguo leishu 中國類書 (Shijiazhuang: Hebei renmin chubanshe), pp. 11-12.

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