Women
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1. Women in Ancient China

Early sources point to the existence of a society based on matriarchal law in archaic, pre-Confucian China, within which women possessed a high social status due to matrilineal succession and matrilocal families. This appreciation still persists today and is reflected in the myth of Nügua, the goddess that saved the world, as well as in the cu…

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Leutner, Mechthild, “Women”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 22 May 2017
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018



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