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60 shadows of matriarchy among the Jino.

Quotes from the book: China’s last but one matriarchy: The Jino of Yunnan. Pedro Ceinos Arcones: "Milijide, the ancestral mother of the Axi clan, is credited by establishing Situ village and giving names to mountains and valleys. As classical cultural heroes she knew where to find animals and taught the people to hunt and to gather edible herbs." Version Kindle

Some etnographical information in Chi Zijian's novel "The last Quarter of the Moon"

According to established practice, a new Shaman’s initiation should take place at the urireng of the former Shaman. But Nihau was pregnant again, and Luni was worried that it would be hard for her to travel to Nidu the Shaman’s old urireng, so Ivan invited a Shaman from another clan to come and preside over the Initiation Rite.

“Funeral of a Muslim”: Tale of Three Generations of a 20th Century Hui Family

With sales numbering over two million copies, Huo Da’s tale about three generations of a Hui family in Beijing is quite possibly the most popularethnic-themed novel ever published in China. It spans the turbulent years of the Japanese invasion, World War II and part of the Cultural Revolution, More

The first film in Yi language: Buashigawei.

The production of this film can have great significance in the modern development of Yi language and culture.  The shooting of a traditional story well known to the Yi audiences in their native language, is hoped to wake the excitement of the Yi public, opening a door for further productions in their language.

Two more books about childhood in the Tibetan world.

Asian Highlands Perspective has recently published two books about the childhood of Tibetan people living in the fringes of the Tibetan world. Rin Chen Rdo Rje, a Tibetan nomad, and Rdo rje tshe brtan, a Tibetan from Tewo, introduce the reader the Tibetan Life in the last years of the 20th century.

A Naxi-Chinese-English Dictionary:

After more than 16 years of work on Naxi language, Thomas M. Pinson’s dictionary was published at the end of 201. This is a monumental work that will allow the western researcher to dive in the Naxi spoken language.

The importance of tea in Deang culture and life:

Though the relationship between the Ang and the tea has been known in the anthropological records from the times when Chinese ethnologists effected their first collection of Deang myths, a comprehensive study of the manifold aspects that this relationship develops, and the way in which the tea, tea drinking, tea cropping, tea treasuring, affects Deang lives had not been published before.

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)

 

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Headdress of the Axi Yi from Mile
jino
Jino children in a festival
mongolian
Mongolian woman from Yunnan
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The Fire festival of the Yi
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Two Bai woman from Jiuhe

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