Li Ki Part II
The LÎ KÎ (THE BOOK OF RITES) Part I
Translated by James Legge
Sacred Books of the East vol. 27
The Sacred Books of China vol. 4
The Li Ki is one of the 'Five Chinese Classics'.
This title is usually translated the Book of Rites.
The work is a compilation of assorted texts which describe
Chinese religious practices from the
eighth to the fifth century B.C. It was first written down
about 200 B.C.
This work is of interest because of the minute description of
Chinese culture from this period, including funerary rites,
clothing, cosmological theories, astronomy, economy, geography,
history, family structure, the Imperial court, music,
crime and punishment, horticulture, and even some exotic recipes.
This is the first volume of the Li Ki.
Book I - Khü Lî
Book II - Than Kung
Book III - Wang Kih
Book IV - Yüeh Ling
Book V - Zang-dze Wan
Book VI - Wan-Wang Shih-dze
Book VII - Lî Yun
Book VIII - Lî Khî
Book IX - Kiâo Theh Sang
Book X - Nêi Zeh