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    were allowed different numbers

    According to later ritual texts, different ranks in society were allowed different numbers of dancers to perform outside the ancestral hall during ceremonial occasions: the Son of Heaven allowed eight rows of eight dancers, feudal lords six rows, ministers four rows, and official two rows.
    (Analects; By Confucius, Edward Slingerland)

    Would you be so kind as to explain to me how it should be read (is it by any chance 'being the Song of Heaven allowed [...], being feudal lords allowed six rows[...]'?

    Thanks.



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    Re: were allowed different numbers

    According to later ritual texts, different ranks in society were allowed different numbers of dancers to perform outside the ancestral hall during ceremonial occasions, the Son of Heaven (being) allowed eight rows of eight dancers, feudal lords (being allowed) six rows, ministers (being allowed) four rows, and officials (being allowed) two rows.

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