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" There are three things which are unfilial, and to have no posterity is the greatest of them. "
The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine - 433 psl.
1911
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Women in World Religions

Arvind Sharma, Birks Professor of Comparative Religion Arvind Sharma - 1987 - 302 psl.
...that life to the next generation. Not to do so was a serious offense. As the philosopher Mencius said, "There are three things which are unfilial, and to have no posterity is the greatest of them" (Mencius 4A:26, Legge 1 966, 725). As we shall see, this sense of the primacy of marriage and the sacredness...
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Today's Woman in World Religions

Arvind Sharma - 1994 - 459 psl.
...spirits would be doomed to pathetic existences as hungry ghosts. According to Confucian tradition, "There are three things which are unfilial, and to have no posterity is the greatest of them" (Mencius 4A:26; Legge 1966, 725). In a patrilineal system posterity, of course, means male descendants....
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Human Sexuality– An Encyclopedia

Vern L. Bullough, Bonnie Bullough, Alice M. Stein - 1994 - 643 psl.
...life. For example: "That male and female should dwell together is the greatest of human relations"; "There are three things which are unfilial, and to have no posterity is the worst of them"; and "When a son is bom, what is desired for him is that he may have a wife; when daughter...
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A Cross-cultural Dialogue on Health Care Ethics

Harold Coward, Harold G. Coward, Pinit Ratanakul - 1999 - 274 psl.
...piety is to provide male offspring to propagate the family name. Mencius specifically stated that, "There are three things which are unfilial, and to have no posterity is the greatest of them all."28 This explains why births in general and male births in particular are welcome events in Chinese...
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Sex, Law, and Society in Late Imperial China

Matthew Harvey Sommer - 2000 - 413 psl.
...procreation, was always understood to play a central role in filial piety. As Mencius famously commented: "There are three things which are unfilial, and to have no posterity is the greatest of them" (Legge 1970, 313). T'ung-tsu Ch'ii elaborates: "It may be said that the family had to be maintained...
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Sacred Choices– The Right to Contraception and Abortion in Ten World Religions

Daniel C. Maguire - 160 psl.
...world in which life was short and perilous. Fertility was stressed. The Confucian writer Mencius said: "There are three things which are unfilial, and to have no posterity is the worst of them." Shang says: "Many Chinese, if not most, still believe in this today." Through history,...
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Tsung-mi and the Sinification of Buddhism

Peter N. Gregory - 2002 - 384 psl.
...maintenance of ancestor worship. The emphasis placed on producing progeny was duly stated by Mencius: "There are three things which are unfilial, and to have no posterity is the greatest of them."25 A celibate son, renouncing his sacred duty for a life as a Buddhist monk, thus seemed to threaten...
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Culture and Customs of China

Richard Gunde - 2002 - 254 psl.
...been repeated billions of times throughout Chinese history, declared that "there are three things that are unfilial, and to have no posterity is the greatest of them." Thus, the law in late imperial times allowed a man to divorce his wife if she failed to bear a son...
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Sacred Rights– The Case for Contraception and Abortion in World Religions

Daniel C. Maguire - 2003 - 295 psl.
...is also considered the most serious violation against traditional morality. As is stated in Mencius, "There are three things which are unfilial, and to have no posterity is the worst of them."" Many Chinese, if not most, still believe in this today. Some might jump to the conclusion...
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Bioethics: Asian Perspectives– A Quest for Moral Diversity

仁宗·邱 - 2004 - 239 psl.
...piety is to provide male offspring to propagate the family name. Mencius has specifically stated that, "There are three things which are unfilial. and to have no posterity is the greatest of them all" tMencius 4A: 26; Lau. p. 75). This explains why births in general and male births in particular...
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