|This article explores the appreciation and classification of historical personalities of the Wei-Jin period from the perspective of body performance. One of the aims of this article is to show that the body is not only the spiri’s outer appearance or a physical representation of persona1ity. Through sound quality, facial expression, physical appearance, gesture, and other “embodiments,” the body can become the base for expressing and gathering meaning. This article also stresses that the role of body performance in society as a channel for communication has already become the symbol of various value-systems. Based on various body postures, we can group and c1assifypeople. In other words, the body is discourse and is a non-verbal form of language. Society’s popular body language becomes a certain special form of body performance as its meanings become popularly accepted. Accordingly, the “self” also can be seen as the result of choosing amongst various different ways of body performance. This theoretical framework then provides us with a new starting point for exploring “self-embodiment” in early Chinese culture.