Ministry of Rites

The Ministry or Board of Rites was one of the Six Ministries of government in late imperial China. It was part of the imperial Chinese government from the Tang (7th century) until the 1911 Xinhai Revolution. Along with religious rituals and court ceremonial the Ministry of Rites also oversaw the imperial examination and China's foreign relations.

Ministry of Rites
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese禮部
Simplified Chinese礼部
Literal meaningRites Ministry
Standard Mandarin
Hanyu PinyinLǐbù
Wade–GilesLi Pu
Vietnamese name
Vietnamese alphabetLễ Bộ
Chữ Hán禮部
Manchu name
Manchu scriptᡩᠣᡵᠣᠯᠣᠨ ᡳ ᠵᡠᡵᡤᠠᠨ
Möllendorffdorolon i jurgan

A Ministry of Rites also existed in imperial Vietnam, one of its tasks was enforcing the naming taboo.[1]



Under the Han, similar functions were performed by the Ministry of Ceremonies. In early medieval China, its functions were performed by other officials including the Grand Herald. Under the Song (10th-13th centuries), its functions were temporarily transferred to the Zhongshu Sheng. Its administration of China's foreign relations was ended by the establishment of the Zongli Yamen in 1861.


  • Management of imperial court ceremonies and ritual offerings.
  • Registration and supervision of Buddhist and Taoist priests within China.
  • Management of the Imperial examinations.
  • Foreign relations.




See also


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