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Terminology of the Confucius Ceremony

Terminology of the Confucius Ceremony

Sacrificial rites to Confucius, China's supremely esteemed and revered Sage, are known in Chinese as the "display-presentation ceremony," denoting the displays of music and dance and the presentations of food and wine that are made in veneration of Confucius during the ceremony.

During his lifetime, Confucius laid considerable emphasis on education, in which, he had extremely high attainments. As his influence spread far and wide, he gradually became the object of these quarterly sacrifices. In A.D. 581, Confucius became the "Grand Master" by imperial decree, while at the same time becoming the primary focus of these ceremonies. These ceremonies thus became specifically "Confucian".

Terminology of the Confucius Ceremony