|Liji jizhi cuoyan 禮記祭制撮言. [Jap-Sin I, (38/42) 39/5]|
|Author||Xia, Mathias 夏瑪第亞, fl. 1686|
|Pub. Location||Taibei 臺北||Publisher||Taipei Ricci Institute 利氏學社|
|Date||2002||Phys. Desc.||v. 10, p. 105-114 ; 22 cm.|
|Location||Hallway Cases||Call Number||BX1665.A2 Y47 2002 v.10|
|Liji jizhi cuoyan 禮記祭制撮言 / [Xia Ma'di'ya zhu 夏瑪第亞著].|
JapSin I, (38/42) 39/5
Liji jizhi cuoyan 禮記祭制撮言.
By Mathias Hsia 夏瑪第亞.
Manuscript, four folios. One volume. Chinese bamboo paper. 24 x 14 cm.
The cover bears the title and a Portuguese inscription: “Libros notas nos mandou o Hia Siam Cum de Cancheu em isto de 1688 elhe as tirou do Ly Ki.”Xia’s purpose in compiling this booklet was the same as in the previous one (39/4). The passages are all taken from the Liji and the chapters from which the passages are taken, are more or less the same as in the previous book (39/4), but in this booklet he does not give the source of the annotations. It seems that the author had consulted other books and then made his own explanations and comments. At the end of the booklet there is a short note reading:
When we come to examine the whole book of the Liji, the word xiang 饗 (to offer) is used in the ceremonies of the dead as well as in the ceremonies of guests. From this we conclude that in China the ceremonies of the dead were nothing else than this: that one venerates the dead as if they were still alive. The xiangli 饗禮 are ceremonies of guests and they are just as solemn as the ceremonies for the dead. It is divided into half or full sets of ritual utensils zu 俎 used in the offering ceremonies and all things necessary, such as the bian 籩 (basket used to contain fruits), the dou 豆 (container used for holding food in ceremonies) and the fu 脯 (dried and minced meats), can be found there. Unfortunately, the messenger is in a hurry and I have copied out only what I could and hope to send the whole manuscript to you later.Source: Albert Chan, SJ, Chinese Books and Documents in the Jesuit Archives in Rome, pp. 43-44.