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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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Homicide and Homicide Cases in Old Liangshan

Homicide and Homicide Cases in Old Liangshan

(p.94) Chapter 6 Homicide and Homicide Cases in Old Liangshan
Perspectives on the Yi of Southwest China

Qubi Shimei

Ma Erzi

University of California Press

This chapter addresses one of the most important functions of the cyvi: the regulation of social order by means of unwritten customary civil and criminal law. It deals with homicide within the clan, a situation that puts the clan organization into stark relief, because disputes within the clan must be regulated by law rather than warfare, and explains the stabilizing function of such customary laws in old Liangshan Yi society.

Keywords:   criminal law, customary law, homicide, cyvi, Liangshan Yi society

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