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A Research on the Modern Modification and Its Factor of Chinese Ancient ‘Ding(鼎)’: Focused on the Analysis of the Huge Ding(巨鼎)

  • The Journal of Chinese Cultural Studies
  • 2016, (34), pp.293-317
  • DOI : 10.18212/cccs.2016..34.012
  • Publisher : The Society For Chinese Cultural Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Chinese Language and Literature > Chinese Literature > Chinese Culture
  • Published : November 30, 2016

Park, Seok Hong 1

1동국대학교

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ABSTRACT

Ding(鼎) is a famous traditional and historical caldron in China. It is originated from earthenware pottery which was used cooking utensils by prehistoric man in the prehistoric age of China. By the Shang(商) and the Zhou(周) dynasty, Ding was frequently used as a ancestral rites instrument. It had been accepted as the symbol of king and the royal families of ancient China. Recently there are many huge Ding(巨鼎) in various provinces of China. Some of these have huge size, for example Zhonghua Baifu Dading(中华百福大鼎), Zhonghua Wanshou Dading(中華萬壽大鼎), Shishiqiushi Dading(實事求是寶鼎), Jiulong Baoding(九龍寶鼎), Minzhu Tuanjie Baoding(民族團結寶鼎), etc. The largest one is over 10 meters long and weight of 56 tons. This paper focused on analysis the meaning of these Chinese huge Ding, and tried to search the root cause of appearance of Chinese huge Ding in modern China. Main findings of this study is that Chinese huge Ding have the means of legitimacy, stability, the best, eternity to express social and public message of current Chinese society by various graphonomical and phonetical symbolic methods. And the fundamental reason of making huge Ding is based on the psychic unity of mankind(‘Elementargedanken’) and cultural memory about the big tripod caldron of Ancient Chinese including Ding of the Shang and the Zhou dynasty.

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