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The deadline for submitting an application to an EFEO Field Scholarships for Master and PhD students enabling a field study in Asia at one of the EFEO centers is set to the 15th of October 2017


New publication

The fourth volume of the Epigraphy and Oral Sources of Peking Temple - A Social History of an Empire Capital programme carried out by the EFEO with the support of the École Pratique des Hautes Études and Peking Normal University is published.

Marianne Bujard (吕敏), éd., Ju Xi, Guan Xiaojing 關笑晶, Wang Minqing 王敏慶, Lei Yang 雷陽, Beijing neicheng simiao beike zhi 北京内城寺廟碑刻志 (Temples et stèles de Pékin), vol. 4, 2 t., 916 p., Péking, Guojia tushuguan 國家圖書館出版社 (National Library), 2017. READ MORE

2017-10-04 Paris, France

International symposium ''Calendriers d’Europe et d’Asie''

On Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th October 2017, the International symposium "Calendrier d'Europe et d'Asie" is organized by Alain Arrault (EFEO), Olivier Guyotjeannin (ENC) and Perrine Mane (CRH)

École nationale des chartes, 65 rue de richelieu, Paris 2e - salle Léopold-Delisle


2017-09-28 Paris, France

Paris EFEO Seminar

On Thursday 5th October Chen Hsi-yuan (Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica) is speaking on "The many faces of the prison god in late Imperial China".

4 to 6 p.m (Free admission)
Maison de l'Asie, First floor salon, 22 avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris

"In traditional China, every local government had a facility to accommodate prisoners, and every local jail had a built-in shrine to worship the Prison God. Conceivably, the Prison God was the sole deity available for the inmates to say prayers. Some might confess their (true) crimes and seek for absolution; some other prayed for fair or better treatment behind bars; and some would long for a quick imperial pardon. Those who were suffering from wrongful convictions might pray for eventual exoneration. Since the local magistrate was the chief priest of the official cults as well as in charge of law enforcement, he needed the Prison God's divine assistance in keeping prison inmates in safe and secure custody. Willingly or not, the Prison God was invited to share the responsibility of enforcing the law or preventing miscarriage of justice.
This paper examines the establishment of the Prison God Shrine from the Capital down to local governments, and traces the Prison Gods' worldly identities, including Gao Yao, the Minister for Law of the legendary sage-king Shun; Xiao He, initially a local yamen runner who eventually became the first Chancellor of the Han Empire; and Ašitu, a Manchu warden who released prisoners on a one-day parole to allow them to enjoy their family reunion on the New Year's eve

This seminar is moderated by Paola Calanca (EFEO) and Stéphane Feuillas (Paris Diderot)

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