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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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Nzymo as Seen in Some Yi Classical Books

Nzymo as Seen in Some Yi Classical Books

(p.35) Chapter 2 Nzymo as Seen in Some Yi Classical Books
Perspectives on the Yi of Southwest China

Wu Jingzhong

University of California Press

This chapter draws entirely on Yi sources—in this case, Nuosu-language versions of several Yi classics that have recently been edited and published by minzu publishing houses—to reconstruct the possible origins and much of the cultural history of Liangshan before the Yuan dynasty. It finds Nuosu-language sources to be particularly rich in descriptions of the kinship system, including strategies and behaviors people employ when arranging marriages among clans; ceremonies being performed by bima in Liangshan today; and of the importance of certain subsistence pursuits, such as hunting, of certain crops, and, particularly, of warfare and military culture.

Keywords:   Nuosu-language, Yu classics, minzu publishing houses, Liangshan, kinship system, arranged marriage, military culture

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