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Perspectives on the Yi of Southwest China$
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Stevan Harrell

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520219885

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520219885.001.0001

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The Cold Funeral of the Nisu Yi

The Cold Funeral of the Nisu Yi

(p.135) Chapter 9 The Cold Funeral of the Nisu Yi
Perspectives on the Yi of Southwest China

Li Yongxiang

University of California Press

This chapter emphasizes the continuity with the Tibeto-Burman tradition. In a study of the “cold funeral” rituals performed in native Xinping County, it portrays a priestly tradition, its beliefs about the world to come, and the rituals its members carry out in support of these beliefs. The Nisu of Xinping are clearly still able to make connections to a tradition quite separate from that of the surrounding Han. At the same time, Nisu bury their dead, and some of the deities ruling over that next world in fact have names borrowed from the Han language.

Keywords:   Tibeto-Burman tradition, Xinping County, cold funeral, Han language, Nisu

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