Searching for the Heroic Age of the Yi People of Liangshan

Liu Yu

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:
Searching for the Heroic Age of the Yi People of Liangshan

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This chapter tries out a different model: the “Heroic Age” of Homeric Greece, when patriclan loyalty, marital alliance, and martial values combined to produce a society and an ethos like that described for the Nuosu in recent centuries. Whether the Heroic Age is the right model or not, this demonstrates the loosening of the hegemony of the Morgan-Engels model in China, as well as the increasing ability of people writing in the Chinese national discourse to draw on models and ideas from cosmopolitan scholarship.

Keywords: Homeric Greece; marital alliance; Nuosu; Chinese national discourse; Morgan-Engels model

Chapter.  7176 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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