Paragons of Filial Piety

 

Filial piety (, ), respect for older relatives, is an important virtue in Buddhism, Confucianism, Shintoism and Taoism.  The book, The Twenty-four Paragons of Filial Piety, was written by the Chinese scholar Guo Jujing during the Yuan Dynasty.  He is known in Japan as Kaku Kyokei.  The book recounts the self-sacrificing behavior of twenty-four sons and daughters who go to extreme lengths to honor their parents, stepparents, grandparents, and in-laws.  The kanji for filial piety () is composed of the kanji for elder () above the kanji for child ().

 

Series

Date

Robinson

1961‡

Robinson

1982*

Mirror of the Twenty-four Paragons of Filial Piety (Nijūshi-kō dōji kagami)

1840

12

S13

“Brother Pictures” for the 24 Paragons of Filial Piety (E-kyōdai uchibiki nijūshi-kō)

1840

122

 

Twenty-four Paragons of Filial Piety of Our Country (Honchō nijūshi-kō)

1842-1843

28

S23

Twenty-four Chinese Paragons of Filial Piety (Morokoshi nijūshi-kō)

1848

14

S60

Twenty-four Chinese Paragons of Filial Piety (Morokoshi nijūshi-kō) 

1853

13

S79

Twenty-four Selected Paragons of Filial Piety (Mitate nijūshi-kō)

1854-1855

170

 

 

‡ Listing in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson, 1961, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

 

* Series number in Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints by Basil William Robinson (Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY, 1982) and its privately published supplement

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