Classic of Rites

(ca. 200–100 BCE)

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The Classic of Rites, sometimes called Ritual Record or Book of Rites, is one of the Five Classics (Wujing) of Confucianism, a series of books first brought together as a collection in the second century BCE. In addition to the Classic of Rites, the Five Classics include the Classic of Changes, the Classic of Poetry (also called the Book of Odes or Book of Songs), the Classic of History, and the Spring and Autumn Annals; a sixth book, the Classic of Music, is lost. These texts, including the...