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On the Death of Qinkejing and its meaning in the Perspective of the Religious Ceremony of Buddhism

  • The Journal of Study on Language and Culture of Korea and China
  • Abbr : JSLCKC
  • 2011, (26), pp.153-177
  • DOI : 10.16874/jslckc.2011..26.008
  • Publisher : Korean Society of Study on Chinese Languge and Culture
  • Research Area : Humanities > Chinese Language and Literature
  • Published : June 30, 2011

홍금순 1

1國立臺中護理專科學校

Candidate

ABSTRACT

According to the Jing Cang version of the Dream of Red Chamber, the notes by Juhusou on Chapter 13 says that the title of this chapter should be “Qinkeqing died at the Heavenly Fragrance House (West Sail House)”. It is because the author changed this to “Qinkeqing was entitled Longjinwei after her death” and the section of Heavenly Fragrance House was deleted. This leads to the death of Qinkejing a puzzle with its causes and consequences unsolved and various interpretations afterwards. Hence the judgement on Qinkejing is polarized. This paper attempts to use the current Qinggao version to analyze the funeral process of Qinkejing as a manifestations of the religious ceremony of Buddhism. The image of Qinkejing and the meaning of her death will be explored. In other words, this research will investigate the death of Qinkejing, the funeral ritual of Buddhist ceremony, the course and the deep meaning of life dimensions behind. This paper will be divided into 6 sessions. Firstly, the methodological foundations will be illustrated. Secondly, the causes of the manifestation of religious ceremony will be investigated. Thirdly, the disease and death of Qinkejing will be explored. Fourthly, the content of the religious ceremony will be reported. Fifthly, the meaningful of Qikejing’s death will be discussed through the paradox in the religious ceremony. And sixthly, there will be a conclusion.

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