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Homicide and Homicide Cases in Old Liangshan

Qubi Shimei and Ma Erzi

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520219885.003.0007
Homicide and Homicide Cases in Old Liangshan

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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

Chapter.  5064 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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