The Cold Funeral of the Nisu Yi

Li Yongxiang

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:
The Cold Funeral of the Nisu Yi

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This chapter emphasizes the continuity with the Tibeto-Burman tradition. In a study of the “cold funeral” rituals performed in native Xinping County, it portrays a priestly tradition, its beliefs about the world to come, and the rituals its members carry out in support of these beliefs. The Nisu of Xinping are clearly still able to make connections to a tradition quite separate from that of the surrounding Han. At the same time, Nisu bury their dead, and some of the deities ruling over that next world in fact have names borrowed from the Han language.

Keywords: Tibeto-Burman tradition; Xinping County; cold funeral; Han language; Nisu

Chapter.  4511 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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