行三拜九叩的大礼

English translation: perform the great kowtow ritual

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Chinese term or phrase:行三拜九叩的大礼
English translation:perform the great kowtow ritual
Entered by: William Lee (@Li Zhiqiang)

13:39 Apr 30, 2009
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Chinese term or phrase: 行三拜九叩的大礼
在觐见皇帝时必须行三拜九叩的大礼
William Lee (@Li Zhiqiang)
Singapore
Local time: 18:26
perform the great kowtow ritual or ...
Explanation:
perform the great kowtow ritual or
perform the great ritual of three kneelings and nine kowtows

叩 - 叩頭 - kowtow (standard English)

The kowtow is often performed in groups of three before Buddhist statues and images or tombs of the dead. A sequence of three sets of kowtow was an extreme gesture of respect. The person would stand up and kneel down again between each set, hence the term three kneelings and nine kowtows (三跪九叩).
http://www.economicexpert.com/a/Kowtow.htm


The Last Emperors: A Social History of Qing Imperial Institutions - Google Books Result by Evelyn S. Rawski - 2001 - History - 493 pages
The imperial seal was placed in front of him on a table; the assembled officials performed the full obeisance of "three kneelings and nine kowtows. ...
books.google.com.ph/books?isbn=0520228375...

"Not even the emissaries of the Pope could escape the Great Kow-tow"--the ceremony involving the three kneelings and nine prostrations before the throne of the Chinese Emperor."
http://www.randomhouse.com/wotd/index.pperl?date=20000728
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karcsy
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3 +3perform the great kowtow ritual or ...
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perform 'the Grand Ketou'
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perform the great kowtow ritual or ...


Explanation:
perform the great kowtow ritual or
perform the great ritual of three kneelings and nine kowtows

叩 - 叩頭 - kowtow (standard English)

The kowtow is often performed in groups of three before Buddhist statues and images or tombs of the dead. A sequence of three sets of kowtow was an extreme gesture of respect. The person would stand up and kneel down again between each set, hence the term three kneelings and nine kowtows (三跪九叩).
http://www.economicexpert.com/a/Kowtow.htm


The Last Emperors: A Social History of Qing Imperial Institutions - Google Books Result by Evelyn S. Rawski - 2001 - History - 493 pages
The imperial seal was placed in front of him on a table; the assembled officials performed the full obeisance of "three kneelings and nine kowtows. ...
books.google.com.ph/books?isbn=0520228375...

"Not even the emissaries of the Pope could escape the Great Kow-tow"--the ceremony involving the three kneelings and nine prostrations before the throne of the Chinese Emperor."
http://www.randomhouse.com/wotd/index.pperl?date=20000728

karcsy
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agree  Muriel FINETIN
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agree  Michael Lickorish: Evelyn Rawski is the authority on this stuff.
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Reference: perform 'the Grand Ketou'

Reference information:
perform 'the Grand Ketou' (viz. the Three Kneelings and Nine Head Knockings)

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