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A Study on the Origin of The Triple Value(三達尊) in Ancient China-Mainly with the Aged Consciousness in the Book of Odes

  • Cross-Cultural Studies
  • 2017, 46(), pp.227-251
  • DOI : 10.21049/ccs.2017.46..227
  • Publisher : Center for Cross Culture Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Literature
  • Received : February 10, 2017
  • Accepted : March 3, 2017
  • Published : March 30, 2017

SangKeun Ro 1

1경희대학교

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ABSTRACT

This article is designed to study the conceptualization process of one of the ancient Chinese classical literature heritages, the so-called, the Triple Virtue(三 達尊). By showing the principle meanings and the newly embodied symbolism of this Triple Virtue, this article is prepared to encourage revitalization of the moral virtues and self-identical pride among the elderly and to promote the young people's social consciousness of respecting the elderly. The author identifies the philosophical origins of the Triple Virtue, implying that the virtuous trinity is composed of morality, position and age, by analyzing poems in 「Daya(大雅)」, 「Xiaoya(小雅)」 of the Book of Odes and archives in 「Zhoushu(周書)」 of the Book of Documents(尙書). The author especially emphasizes that the concept of Triple Virtue was created by governing classes for meeting the political needs in the Zhou Dynasty. Moreover, by regarding King Wen of the Zhou Dynasty as the symbolic representation in the beginning era of the Western Zhou Dynasty and Shao BoHu as the embodiness representation in the end of the Western Zhou Dynasty, the author performs an in-depth study related to the above two great men. Finally, the author sheds lights on how symbolic and embodiness representations had played significant roles in formulating a typical model of the Triple Virtue in the following generations.

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