QING MING: GRAVE FENGSHUI AND SEGEMENTARY LINEAGE ORGANIZATION IN A NORTH CHINA VILLAGE # 204

11:00, Thursday 18th June, Cinema 2

Director/Anthropologist: Zhifang Song
Year of Release: 2015
Duration: 41 mins
Country of Production: USA
Location: Hebei China
Ethnic Group: Han Chinese
Language: English,Chinese with English subtitles

Extensive use of graphics illustrates the process of lineage fissioning made manifest through practices of secondary burial which complement the revision of patrilineal genealogies recorded in ancestral temple scrolls. Specific sequences of how ancestral genealogies are revised and conflicts over descent and inheritance are resolved as important aspects of the film. Another important aspect is the digging up and reburial of particular sub-segments of the lineage in order to “inscribe” lines of descent on the landscape as the direct counterparts of entries on the ancestral scrolls and thus serve as relatively timeless charters of descent and degree of agnatic relatedness.

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