A Preliminary Argumentation on the Objective Existence of Chinese Buddhist “Shifang Tune”: An Indirect Argumentation based on Documents and Dictation

Weiguang HU


Extensive fieldwork experience has shown that a large number of Buddhist temples have used several verbal concepts based on geographical classification. The paper takes more comprehensive collection, integration and dialectical analysis of these concepts, and analyzes their essence and common characteristics. The author finds that the essence corresponds to the regions where the melodies spread, and there are local and nonlocal types of cases, suggesting that there may be a super regional melody system similar to Taoist “Shifang grace song” in Buddhist music, so takes “Shifang Tune” as the unified name and research objective. Meanwhile, the paper analyzes its source region and spreading route, etc., in order to reveal the nature, characteristics and regularity of Buddhist melodic system, lay a foundation for further study of the morphology of Buddhist music, and promote the research of Buddhist music to a better development.


Buddhist music; Shifang tune; Classification; Verbal concepts; Source; Common form; Style

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/7511


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