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“What Alternative Do You Have, Sixth Aunt?” — Women and Marriage in Cantonese Ballads<sup>*</sup>

Edited by Helen F. Siu

in Merchants' Daughters

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9789622099692
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207189 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622099692.003.0004
“What Alternative Do You Have, Sixth Aunt?” — Women and Marriage in Cantonese Ballads*

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This chapter explores the expressive cultures of bridal laments in relation to muyushu (songbooks of various popular narratives in the Cantonese vernacular). It shows how the literary format of muyushu might have painted certain images of women in the Pearl River Delta region. Comparing the highly innovative performances in the Hakka and Dan communities with those of the more settled Punti farmers, it examines the finer meanings of the positioning of women and marriage practices in the region in the late imperial and early Republican periods.

Keywords: bridal laments; muyushu; Pearl River Delta region; Hakka; Dan; Punti; marriage practices

Chapter.  7189 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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