The Ancient China Studies of Marcel Granet: An Examination of Festivals and Songs of Ancient China

Xiaofei MA


As both a sinologist and a sociologist, Marcel Granet tended to combine the sociological methods with textual analysis, which is best illustrated in his monograph Festivals and Songs of Ancient China. Although his methodology is imperfect, it challenged some traditional interpretation and provided inspiring perspectives for the study of ancient Chinese religions.



Marcel Granet; Festivals and Songs of Ancient China; Shi Jing

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