Vortrag im Oberseminar
Prof. Dr. Hans Bjarne Thomsen (Kunsthistorisches Institut, Kunstgeschichte Ostasiens, Universität Zürich)
The Complex Rituals of Simplicity: Examining the Japanese Tea Ceremony
Over the last centuries, numerous attempts have been made to explain the nature of the Japanese tea ceremony, Sadō, or “The Way of Tea.” Practitioners as well as outside observers have taken part in a search to describe the popularity of the tea ceremony, as well as the rituals that underlie the practice. One of the most famous examples of the latter is that of Sen Rikyū (1522-91), who explained the ceremony through seven simple precepts (popularly known as Rikyū’s Seven Rules) that link the observance of nature with everyday actions, such as “be ready in time,” “prepare for the possibility of rain,” and “arrange flowers in the way they appear in the fields.” The universal nature of Rikyū’s rules and other factors have led to the description of the tea ceremony as “The Way of Living,” as a ceremony that underlies and explains daily life. Yet how are these rules of simplicity and naturalness played out through the actual rituals of the tea ceremony? How are we to separate words and practice? And, indeed, how are we to understand the tea ceremony? These questions and others will be examined, by a closer examination of the tea ceremony through its words, art, and rituals.
Wann? Montag, 10. Juli 2017 , 18 Uhr
Wo? Institut für Ethnologie, Oettingenstraße 67, 80538 München
Raum L155 (Obergeschoss) Lageplan
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