<i>Nzymo</i> as Seen in Some Yi Classical Books

Wu Jingzhong

in Perspectives on the Yi of Southwest China

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2001 | ISBN: 9780520219885
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520935259 | DOI:
Nzymo as Seen in Some Yi Classical Books

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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

Chapter.  6801 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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