Dressing the Dead and Dressing for the Dead
As a result of the dramatic simplification of mourning clothes in Shagou, a small village in the east of Shandong province in P.R.C, all the requirements for 'proper' mourning clothes have disappeared. The idea that mourning clothes can consolidate kinship, establish and reinforce social hierarchy, and maintain the political structure of society is hardly evident in the current form of grave-clothes and mourning clothes in this village. In relation to this, through discussion of mourning clothes and grave-clothes used in Shagou, I am interested in examining the role the local administration had played in the process of simplifying the mourning clothes requirements.
Keywords: Mourning Clothes, Grave Clothes
Dr. Shaoming Zhou
Lecturer, Asia Institute, The University of Melbourne