专题讲座

主讲人:穆瑞明 Christine Mollier
主持人:评议人:
2018年10月31日 周三 下午4点
凯风人文图书馆四楼会议室
英文
主办单位:清华大学人文与社会科学高等研究所

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2018年秋季高研所访问学者讲座

Talismans to pacify the tomb : archeological evidence from Central China and Dunhuang 

镇墓符:中原与敦煌地区考古发现

 

【活动信息】

 

时间:2018年10月31日 周三 下午4点

地点:凯风人文图书馆四楼会议室

主办:清华大学人文与社会科学高等研究所

主讲:穆瑞明 Christine Mollier

会议语言:英文

          

【嘉宾介绍】

 

穆瑞明 Christine Mollier,法国敦煌学家、汉学家,法国国家科学研究中心(CNRS)研究员。


【讲座内容】

 

Omnipresent in Chinese religious practice for more than two thousand years, talismans (fu 符) are composed of cryptographs and other designs inscribed or engraved on diverse media to serve as apotropaic, prophylactic, or therapeutic ritual implements. My presentation will focus on the earliest exemplars, the funerary talismans drawn on the potteries and wooden tablets « to pacify the tomb » (zhenmu 镇墓) that have been brought to light by archeologists during the past decades. The most ancient, Eastern Han fu unearthed in central China will be examined and compared to those dating from the 3rd to 5th centuries found in the Gansu-Dunhuang region. We shall see that these talismans contain primary information on the mortuary and postmortem conceptions of the early first millennium. Their decipherment, moreover, allows us to situate them in an enduring astro-funerary tradition that was perpetuated in Dunhuang until as late as the 10th century. This transmission over the longue durée and its geographical diffusion call us to question the religious background of this talismanic tradition.