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Empire at the MarginsCulture, Ethnicity, and Frontier in Early Modern China$
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Pamela KyleCrossley

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520230156

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520230156.001.0001

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Lineage, Market, Pirate, and Dan: Ethnicity in the Pearl River Delta of South China

Lineage, Market, Pirate, and Dan: Ethnicity in the Pearl River Delta of South China

(p.285) 10 Lineage, Market, Pirate, and Dan: Ethnicity in the Pearl River Delta of South China
Empire at the Margins

Helen F. Siu

Liu Zhiwei

University of California Press

Historical records tell that many institutions in the Pearl River delta were initially objectionable to officials but were accepted in due course. Territorial lineages and their ancestral halls proliferated in the Ming, but they were not condoned by any imperial edict. Prominent court officials from Guangdong sided with the Jiajing emperor on the Great Ritual Controversy and gave credence to the worship of blood-ancestors. Only through generations of efforts were these social forms taken for granted. In the process, the territorial lineages acquired meanings far beyond the notion of kinship and family. They became significant building blocks of the imperial order in South China.

Keywords:   South China, territorial lineages, historical records, Pearl River Delta, Ming dynasty, Great Ritual Controversy

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