Some books about the Lahu


Bradley, David Bradley.- Lahu dialects (Oriental monograph series)

Du Shanshan.- Chopsticks Only Work in Pairs: Gender Unity and Gender Equality Among the Lahu of Southwestern China. Columbia University Press. 2002.

Based in her extensive field work among the most isolated Lahu inside China, whose tradition has changed less in the last 50 years, Du Shanshan discover the essence of Lahu equality. A gender equality that is deep rooted in their tradition and their first myths, and that permeates all the aspects of the Lahu life and culture; as their proverb says: "Chopsticks only work in Pairs".

Review by Christine Mathieu:

Hamilton-Merritt, Jane (Illustrated by Gerd Barkowsky).- Lahu wildfire. Scribner Children's Books. 1973

Children stories about the Lahu and their environment

Hoare, Peter W. C. -The movement of Lahu hill people towards a lowland lifestyle in north Thailand: A study of three villages. 1985

Jamieson, E.- Description of habits and customs of the Muhsois (black and red) also known as Lahus (Ethnographical survey of India. 1909)

Jones, Delmos..- Cultural Variation among six Lahu Villages, Northern Thailand.

Lewis, Judy. - Minority Cultures of Laos: Kammu, Lua', Lahu, Hmong, and Iu-Mien. Southeast Asia Community, 1992

Liu Huihao, Anthony R. Walker, Michael A. Walker, and Shi Kun.-Mvuh Hpa Mi Hpa Creating Heaven, Creating Earth: An Epic Myth of the Lahu People in Yunnan. 1999

The main poem of the Lahu, detailing the creation of the world, the human beings and all that exist in the world.

A review by William L. Dessaint

Jianxiong Ma. A Brief Introduction about The Lahu Minority in Southwest China A Response to Ethnic Marginalization on the Frontier. London & New York: Routledge, 2012

In general, social changes in the last several decades have seriously reshaped frontier society. The hierarchy between the Lahu and the Han settlers has been constructed through history. The internal social tensions and pressures of Lahu communities gradually developed and religious belief provided an interpretation framework for the social tension among Lahu villagers, and for the anxiety and pressure that was linked with the Han Other and the state. Meanwhile, family and kinship are interpreted with cropland property rights, descent, and religious beliefs about two worlds. But since the 1950s, communal authority has collapsed and been replaced by the state appointed cadres.

Matisoff, James.-English-Lahu Lexicon. University of California Publications in Linguistics. 2006

Matisoff, James.-The Dictionary of Lahu. University of California Publications in Linguistics. 1989

Matisoff, James.- The Grammar of Lahu. University of CaliforniaPublications in Linguistics.1973

Peet, Lawrence J.- Lahu language lessons: Looking for a loquacious Lahu. 1961

Pun Ai, Pun Angela, and Paul W Lewis.- 49 Lahu Stories. 2002

Sanit Wongsprasert.-Lahu agriculture and society. 1974.

Sanit Wongsprasert.- The sociocultural and ecological determinants of Lahu population structure. 1977.

Walker, Anthony.- Merit and the Millennium: Routine and Crisis in the Ritual Lives of the Lahu People. 2003

A review by Gabor Vargyas

Walker, Anthony.- Lahu Nyi (Red Lahu) village society and economy in North Thailand: A terminal report to the Royal Thai Government. 1970

Walker, Anthony.- Lahu Nyi (Red Lahu) New Year Celebrations in North Thailand. Ethnographic and Textual Materials. Taipei, The Orient Cultural Service, 1983.

Xiao Gen .-Love Through Reed-Pipe Wind and Mouth-String: The Lahus. Yunnan Education Publishing House. 1995

This book was published in 1995 to commemorate the Second International Conference on Woman, celebrated in Beijing. Though simple, it suggests that in the past the Lahu enjoyed a matriarchal society. It depicts with scarce detail the love and marriage of the Lahu girls. The authors, a couple of man and woman as is customary to work among the Lahu, suggest that Esha, the creator of the universe, was, in their tradition, a feminine deity, lately changed to masculine deity by Chinese patriarchal influence.

In German

Gretel Schwörer.- Die Mundorgel bei den Lahu in Nord-Thailand: Bauweise, Funktion und Musik (Beiträge zur Ethnomusikologie)

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