Documents

The Thanking the Earth ritual (xietu) has been virtually obsolete since 1953, but we have some memorials:

1980 copy by Li Peisen of Thanking the Earth memorial with genealogy by his father Li Tang, c1930

1980 copy by Li Peisen of Thanking the Earth memorial with genealogy by his father Li Tang, c1930

Thanking the Earth memorial, Xingyuan village 1942

Thanking the Earth memorial, Xingyuan village 1942

Thanking the Earth memorial with genealogy, Li Qing 1989. Li Qing inserted the genealogy into a memorial without holding the ritual.

Thanking the Earth memorial with genealogy, Li Qing 1989. Li Qing inserted the genealogy into a memorial without holding the ritual.

Placard for Thanking the Earth, followed by placard for a jiao Offering, in Li Qing’s collection of ritual documents, mid-1980s:

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In 2013, as we survey a growing haul of over forty ritual manuals in Li Manshan’s collection, I exclaim: “Wow—I never realized you still had so many scriptures!” He chuckles whimsically: “Ha, neither did I!”

Ritual manuals of Li Manshan, via Li Qing

Ritual manuals of Li Manshan, via Li Qing

Ritual manuals of Li Hua, handed down by his father Li Peisen

Ritual manuals of Li Hua, handed down by his father Li Peisen

Page from Li Peisen’s Pardon manual

Page from Li Peisen’s Pardon manual

Treasury document, with envelope

Treasury document, with envelope