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The Pitfalls of Piety for Married Women: Two Precious Scrolls of the Ming Dynasty

Wilt L. Idema

Abstract

This book shows how problematic the practice of Buddhist piety could be in late imperial China. Two thematically related “precious scrolls” (baojuan) from the Ming dynasty, The Precious Scroll of the Red Gauze and The Precious Scroll of the Handkerchief, illustrate the difficulties faced by women whose religious devotion conflicted with the demands of marriage and motherhood. These two previously untranslated texts tell the stories of married women whose piety causes them to be separated from their husbands and children. While these women labor far away, their children are cruelly abused by mu ... More

Keywords: Buddhist piety, late imperial China, Ming dynasty, religious devotion, marriage, motherhood, married women, gender

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781501758362
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501758362.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wilt L. Idema, author
Harvard University