Considerations on the social representations of physical practices in the confucian works Discourses and Book of Rites

Carlos Alberto Bueno Du Jinxiang André Mendes Capraro About the authors

Abstract

Among the writings that constitute the body of knowledge produced by the Confucianism, one can mention the "Book of Rites" (Liji) and "Discourses" (Zhonglun). In this study, we aim to investigate how these books portray physical culture manifestations and what such type of activities could represent to the formative process of an individual, accordingly with the confucian approach, in the context in which these works were first written. We have considered as relevant issues for this discussion the information regarding the practice of archery included in the Book of Rites, as well as the concept of the "Six Arts", included in the Discourses.

KEYWORDS
Confucianism; Body culture; Archery; China

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