A Study of So Man-jok’s (1921—1997) Unpublished Manuscripts on the Ritual Classics
Keywords:蘇文擢, 禮學, 追享, 朝享, 庫門, 皋門, 雉門, 應門, So Man-jok, Ritual Classics, Zhuixiang, Zhaoxiang, Gates of Imperial Court
LANGUAGE NOTE | Document text in Chinese; abstract also in English.
Prof. So Man-jok (1921—1997) (respectfully addressed as So Gong) was one of the most prominent erudite Hong Kong scholars. So Gong specialized in the study of the Confucian Cannons and philosophies of the early masters in the pre-imperial period. His academic achievements and contribution to teaching on the Classics has exerted a great influence on the local intellectual circle. Unlike his publications on literary studies that can be easily accessed, many of his notes on the ritual classics are unpublished handwritten manuscripts. The present paper is the first attempt of its kind to study two of So Gong’s notes regarding the nature of the sacrificial rites of Zhuixiang (追享) and Zhaoxiang (朝享) as well as the number of gates of the imperial court. It finds that So Gong had formulated many original ideas on studying these controversial topics. So Gong’s views surpassed his predecessors particularly the Qing scholars and thus can undoubtedly earn his place in the context of academic history.
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