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  1. Rituals : for symphony orchestra

    Shapey, Ralph, 1921-2002
    Bryn Mawr, Pa. : T. Presser, 1978, c1977.

  2. Rituals : for voice & ten players

    Zorn, John, 1953-
    [U.S.?] : Hips Road, c1999.

  3. Rituals : for percussion quartet : 1988/2021

    Schneider, Enjott, 1950-
    Partitur und Stimmen - Berlin : Ries & Erler, [2021]

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  1. East Asia Library acquires rare Japanese kōshiki manuscripts

    The Stanford East Asia Library has recently obtained a small collection of Japanese manuscripts used in the Buddhist ritual practice of kōshiki 講式. Most of the manuscripts are from the 17th-19th centuries, but the oldest is believed to date to 1304 CE. Kōshiki is a Buddhist liturgical form unique to Japan that is still practiced in modern Japanese monasteries, which centers around the ritual recitation of Buddhist texts. While most of the scriptures used in Japanese Buddhism were imported from China - and thus written in classical Chinese, which was only comprehensible to the educated elite - kōshiki texts are recited in Japanese, thus making their contents available to a much wider audience.   In addition to being important sources on the development of Japanese vernacular literature, kōshiki manuscripts are also valuable resources for the study of premodern Japanese music. Kōshiki texts were often sung in different vocal styles, sometimes interspersed with instrumental performances.  These texts were used together with ritual manuals known as hossoku 法則, which contain musical notations describing the melodies to be used in kōshiki performances. Dr. Michaela Mross, who has recently joined the Department of Religious Studies at Stanford, has done extensive research on the musical and performative aspects of the kōshiki liturgy, and the East Asia Library has acquired these rare kōshiki and hossoku manuscripts in order to support her research, which includes a book-length project on the development of kōshiki in the Sōtō school of Zen Buddhism. These manuscripts are currently housed in the East Asia Library's Special Collections as part of its collection of rare Buddhist materials. Image: Dr. Michaela Mross of the Department of Religious Studies examines a kōshiki scroll at the East Asia Library. Below, an image from the Daihannya hossoku 大般若法則 showing melodic notations. __________________________ Sources: Ambros, Barbara R., James L. Ford, and Michaela Mross. "Editors' Introduction: Kōshiki in Japanese Buddhism." Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 43, no. 1 (2016): 1-15. Mross, Michaela.  "Vocalizing the Lament over the Buddha's Passing: A Study of Myōe's Shiza kōshiki." Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 43, no. 1 (2016): 89-130.  

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  2. Elegant and Militarized: Ceremonial Volunteers and the Making of New Women Citizens in China

    Free and open to the public.  Please RSVP here.About the talk: This talks examines how Chinese national values are imparted to and through the recent phenomenon of ceremonial volunteers or etiquette volunteers (liyi zhiyuan). These volunteers are all young college women who serve at major national events by greeting guests, ushering, and holding ceremonial ribbons. They are supposed to embody Confucian ritual values and the practices of propriety that define China as a nation of civilization through their roles as ceremonial hostesses. This feminine symbol of national tradition and cultural virtues is realized through a heavy emphasis on discipline, physical training, compliance to authority, and collectivism expressed through the ways the performances are staged and mass mediated. I argue that the ceremonial volunteer represents a new state effort to engineer a model woman citizen by combining the Confucian discourse on etiquette, the communist party-state discourse on militarization and strong womanhood, the communist sport tradition of body training, and the latest initiatives on volunteering. The result is the making of gendered national subjects, marking new values of class, femininity, and nationalism. The talk will contribute to the understanding of emergent values about gender, class, volunteering, and the important roles they play in the process of citizen making in today’s China.About the speaker: Ka-ming Wu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Cultural and Religious Studies at Chinese University of Hong Kong. Trained as a cultural anthropologist, she has taken up extensive ethnographic research to examine the cultural politics of state and society, waste, and most recently, gender and nationalism in contemporary China. Her book monograph Reinventing Chinese Tradition: The Cultural Politics of Late Socialism (UIP 2015) argues the nature of cultural production in rural China today can thought in terms of a "hyper folk," in which ritual practices, performances, heritage, craft productions, and other reenactments of the traditional can no longer be viewed as either simulations or authentic originals, but a field where a whole range of social contests, contradictions, and changes are being negotiated. Her co-authored book Feiping Shenghuo: Lajichang De Jingji, Shequn Yu Kongjian (CUHK 2016) (Living with Waste: Economies, Communities and Spaces of Waste Collectors in China) has a great impact on the public discussion of waste and has been covered by major media. Her academic papers were published in high impact journals including Journal of Asian Studies, Modern China, The China Journal, Cities, Urban Geography, Ethnology, and Taiwan: The Radical Journal of Social Studies.

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  3. Samson / Copenhagen Judaica Collection

    Samson collection of Judaica once belonging to the Jewish Community of Copenhagen, Denmark.

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