Of kings and artisans: Comparing household and palace-temple rituals at Yanshi Shangcheng
Author(s): Katrinka Reinhart
Elite ritual has been a primary focus in Chinese archaeology. Well known studies of the oracle bones from Anyang and bronze ritual vessels have shed light on elite ritual practices but have also generated a bias linking ritual with elites. Indeed there is strong evidence of elite ritual activity in palace temples of the early Bronze Age site of Yanshi Shangcheng (the Shang city at Yanshi), located in the Central Plain area of northern China. However, there is also evidence of similar rituals in domestic contexts of an artisan’s neighborhood. This calls into question the idea that elites monopolized access to ritual power. In this paper, I will compare these two contexts, explore the relationship between ritual and power, and raise questions about ritual, social status, and agency.
SAA 2015 abstracts made available in tDAR courtesy of the Society for American Archaeology and Center for Digital Antiquity Collaborative Program to improve digital data in archaeology. If you are the author of this presentation you may upload your paper, poster, presentation, or associated data (up to 3 files/30MB) for free. Please visit http://www.tdar.org/SAA2015 for instructions and more information.
This Resource is Part of the Following Collections
Cite this Record
Of kings and artisans: Comparing household and palace-temple rituals at Yanshi Shangcheng. Katrinka Reinhart. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 398099)
min long: 66.885; min lat: -8.928 ; max long: 147.568; max lat: 54.059 ;