An annotated collection of Naxi Dongba Manuscripts. 100 Volumes:
The work is impressive in itself; libraries usually have one column of shelves devoted to store this opus magnum. The care with which the material part of the editing process has been carried out make this work a public homage to the Naxi culture.
Bai Gengsheng - Essays on symbolism in Dongba mythology
The book begins with a short theoretical introduction to myth and symbolism and the symbolism in the Dongba myths. In Dongba traditions there is a rich amount of symbols related with nature worship, reproductive worship and deities worship.
Last Quarter of the Moon: Evenki Odyssey Captured in Chinese Novel Set in the Greater Khingan Mountains: (20130117)
Narrated in the first person by the aged wife of the last chieftain of an Evenki clan, the Right Bank of the Argun—as it is dubbed in Chinese—is a moving tale of the decline of reindeer-herding nomads in the sparsely populated, richly forested mountains that border on Russia.
Bark clothes of the Hani-Akha: (20121105)
In the past, as they were very poor, and some people have no money to buy clothes, it was somehow common to make cloth from bark tree.
Shaping of the Yunnan-Burma frontier by secret societies since the end of the 17th century. Ma Jianxiong. (20121020)
After the Sino-Burma wars monks of the Big Vehicle Religion established a Five Buddha District system among the Lahu and some Wa villages in western Mekong River, until the system was destroyed by the Qing government in 1880s. The monks became the leaders of the Luohei/Lahu through millenarianism and many Han immigrants also became involved in the movements to become the Lahu or the Wa. The monks performed critical roles as social activists in Lahu cultural reconstruction
Marriage and land property: bilateral non-lineal kinship and communal authority of the Lahu on the southwest Yunnan frontier, China (20121004)
Power relationships or communal authority over the bilateral non-lineal
system correlate closely with E Sha belief and land property
redistribution, because all Lahu couples are equal due to the ideology
of gender equality and the neat bilateral descent from the upper generation.
Irrigated rice farming in the valley and on mountainsides has set
the environmental conditions for the source of communal authority over
the kinship network, aside from the frontier’s history.
The Lahu Minority in Southwest China A Response to Ethnic Marginalization on the Frontier: (20120928)
This book, based on extensive original research including long-term anthropological research among the Lahu, provides an overview of the traditional way of life of the Lahu, their social system, culture and beliefs, and discusses the ways in which these are changing. It shows how the Lahu are especially vulnerable because of their lack of political representatives.
to Hani lands: (20120616)
The best place to know a little about the Hani culture is Yuanyang County and its famous terraced fields. In the mountains of this county, generations of Hani farmers have worked the mountain surface to make possible rice agriculture. To do it they slowly terraced the whole mountain, from the summit to the bottom.
The Hani Ethnic Group (20120609)
The introductory page about the Hani ethnic group has been improved, with more easy to access contents, more pictures, more articles, and more links.
The Bulang Ethnic Group (20120602)
The introductory page to this ethnic group completely revamped. More pictures, more articles, more links,
La minoría Wa - The Wa Nationality - Video (20120529).
In the spring of 2008 we make some expecitions to the Wa nationality lands to research the present situation of one of the most unknown Chinese minorities. This documentary film shows the result of our work.
A collection of Dongba Pictographs in Different Forms: (20120525)
The book is not aimed at giving a complete guide of pictographs variations among the Naxi but to call the attention of the reader to the same existence of these variants forms, and maybe to offer some clues about the patterns of variation.
Glossary of Naxi terms: (20120523). Arranged mainly according to their pinyin transliterations, with other variants included.
Baba: A kind of flat bread usually made of wheat with a salty or sweet filling.
Bimo: Traditional priest of the Yi that live east of the Naxi. They use books written in a syllabic language. Older denomination of the Naxi ritual specialists, also called biuq.
The Apatani monster: (20120522)
The Apa Tani assert that their valley was originally a great lake. When their forefathers set to work draining the valley and clearing the surrounding jungle,