Under the Ancestors' Shadow: Chinese Culture and Personality

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Chapter II
YIN CHAI AND YANG CHAI

Worldly and Other-Worldly Residences

ANYBODY who visits West Town cannot fail to be struck by the aspect and the size of some family homes and by the large number of new homes. West Town is only a small market town in the interior of Yunnan. Its size and location make its appearance all the more striking.

Most family homes are two-storied structures. The walls are usually of brick and stone, plastered with white or yellow lime. The roofs are tiled, and the floors are made of wood or brick. The main portal of the family home (unlike the portals elsewhere in China and even in most parts of Yunnan) is very elaborate. The gateway itself is built of brick, with a foundation of stone, like the rest of the, walls, and is about seven or eight feet in height. On this structure elaborate hand-carved woodwork, connecting

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  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents xi
  • Plans and Diagrams xiii
  • Chapter I- Introduction 3
  • Chapter II- Yin Chai and Yang Chai - Worldly and Other-Worldly Residences 29
  • Chapter III- Life and Work under the Ancestral Roof 56
  • Chapter IV- Continuing the Incense Smoke 76
  • Chapter VI- How Ancestors Live 131
  • Chapter VII- Communion with Ancestors 166
  • Chapter VIII- Introduction to the Ancestral Ways 198
  • Chapter IX- The Ancestors'' Shadow 236
  • Chapter X- Culture and Personality 256
  • Summary 276
  • Chapter XI- Wider China 279
  • Appendices 291
  • Index 311
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