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The Irrational Factors of the Top 3 Winners′Ranking in the Imperial Examinations in the Ming Dynasty
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Pages: 58-61
Year: Issue:  4
Journal: Journal of Putian Univeristy

Keyword:  the M ing D ynastythe top 3 w innersjinshirankingthe im perial exam ination;
Abstract: A fter the high elim ination rate of exam inations in the Ming D ynasty,such as the K ekao,X iangshi, and H uishi, the top 3 w inners' ranking in the D ianshi is occasionally affected by the scholars' nam e, appearance,the em peror's dream ,and other irrational factors. It results in unexpected change in their rankings. T he contingency of the top 3 w inners' ranking is determ ined by the arbitrariness and subjectivity of im perial pow er. T he phenom enon lays the foundation for superstition atm osphere in im perial exam inations in the Ming D ynasty.
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