The prosperity of Han-fu is due to the reverence to officers of the sacrificial rites and to the high evaluation of the literary works in the historical period of Emperor Wu and Emperor Xuan of Han Dynasty. Numerous descriptions of the sacrificial rites in Han-fu are also due to the historical fact that, when deciding to practice sacrificial rites, Emperor Wu decreed that such men of letters as Sima Xiangru should create Shi (poetry) and Fu (prose with verse). The Anthology divides Fu into 15 types, of which the most important ones are 'Great Fu' such as 'Capitals' , 'Sacrificial Rites' and ' Hunting' , all focusing mainly on the rites of Emperor. Such works are the first vivid descriptions of the royal rites in history, and the composers'attitudes toward the construction of the religions in Han Dynasty demonstrate the literary spirit of the harmony between religious culture and the rigorous Li (rites) in reality.
Journal of Nanjing University(Philosophy, Humanities and Social Sciences)
rites of Emperor
religions of Han Dynasty