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24 Filial Exemplars

  • #: 43849
  • Price: free ($0.00) In Apple Store
  • Category: Books
  • Updated: 2011-02-24
  • Current Version: 1.0
  • 1.0
  • Size: 11.10 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: tsai yen chu
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.2 or later.
  • © 二十四孝
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The text of The Twenty-Four Filial Exemplars has stood for generations as the prime folk document on what filial piety is all about. The collection is not by any means part of the Confucian canon, and indeed tends to attract little but scorn from Chinese intellectuals. But until the Communist regime campaigned to suppress the text as part of its campaign against tradition, there was probably not a bookstore in China that did not have copies available, and in the course of the 1990s new editions came flowing back into Chinese bookstores once again. The tales are known individually to most Chinese, and the collection has spawned many imitators containing other stories, sometimes overlapping with these.

The author of the Twenty-Four Exemplars was Guō Jūjìng 郭居敬, a Yuán 元 dynasty (1260-1368) man who lived in Dàtián Xiàn 大田縣, north of Déhuà 德化, in Fújiàn province 福建省. He was apparently much known for his filial piety, and took the occasion of the death of his father to publish the tales we read here, recounting the feats of filial children nearly all male towards their parents mostly aged mothers from the age of the primordial Emperor Shùn 舜帝 down to his own era.

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