• Xiaoqun Wu


This chapter focuses on lamentation in ancient Greece and Pre-Qin China. The singing of ritualized lament was the principal ceremonial activity performed during the pre-burial ritual of the Greeks, and the performance of dirges was the most important aspect of this ceremony. No record of any mournful song has been found in Confucian writings from the Pre-Qin period. In ancient China, the function of music was positive and affirmative, and usually it could not be used in mourning, burial, and funeral. In short, in Pre-Qin China, music and singing were regarded as forms of entertainment and thus not suitable activities for a funeral. The ancient Greeks paid much more attention to the singing of ritualized lament than the ancient Chinese.


Lamentation Singing of ritualized lament Wailing without music and singing 


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  1. 1.Fudan UniversityShanghaiChina

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