Ancient Chinese Culture - Orphans and disabilities
Category: Relationships and Society > Cultures
Asked by: aslk-ga
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28 Jun 2006 23:17 PDT
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I'm doing some research on Chinese culture and orphaned children. My question is two part: 1) In ancient China, what were the superstitions (and/or social ramifications) surrouding a child that was born with defects/disabilities? 2) In ancient China, what institutions were in place to take care of orphans or disabled children? I'm aware of some writings of Confucius (just general things, like his emphasis of taking care of the needy), but I'm hoping for specific historical examples/commentary with well documented sources. Any period of Chinese history is good, but not "modern" China (I am not interested in the last 100 years).
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Re: Ancient Chinese Culture - Orphans and disabilities
From: ismyle-ga on 30 Jul 2006 21:17 PDT
As a native Chinese, I can only offer my personal view on your topic. Q1:Since you have an in-depth study in Chinese culture, you must have encountered the Chinese belief of "karma" or "retribution"(in Chinese ??). Its main idea is the vice of the ancestor will result in the misfortune of his offspring. So a child born with defects or disabilities will be regarded as the punishment of the god caused by the wrongdoings of the child's ancestors--especially parents. It may be the most general superstition, and of course not the only one. Q2:Many orphaned children may be adopted by the Taoist temples or Buddhist temple.In history, the most famous person of such origin is Zhu Yuanzhang(???) the first emperor of Ming Dynasty. Wish it can offer some help.
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