Ban Zhao: A Female Confucian

  • May 13, 2013
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To give her potsherds with which to play indubitably signified that she should practice labor and consider it her primary duty to be industrious.

To announce her birth before her ancestors clearly meant that she ought to esteem as her primary duty the continuation of the observance of worship in the home.

These three ancient customs epitomize woman's ordinary way of life and the teachings of the traditional ceremonial rites and regulatons. Let a woman modestly yield to others; let her respect others; let her put others first, herself last.

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Ban Zhao: A Female Confucian

To give her potsherds with which to play indubitably signified that she should practice labor and consider it her primary duty to be industrious.

To announce her birth before her ancestors clearly meant that she ought to esteem as her primary duty the continuation of the observance of worship in the home.

These three ancient customs epitomize woman's ordinary way of life and the teachings of the traditional ceremonial rites and regulatons. Let a woman modestly yield to others; let her respect others; let her put others first, herself last.

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