Articles in Ethnic China
of the Pumi.- Caspian James: The Pumi population was
33,600 as of the 2000 census. In Yunnan they inhabit the mountainous north-western
Pumi of Yunnan and Sichuan: The
Pumi (English transliteration of Chinese pinyin) are also known as Prmi
or Primi in western texts. In the past they were known as Xifang.
Ritual specialists among the Pumi: shibidai or big sorcerer. He acts as a psychopomp, accompanies the souls in the afterlife and presides the ceremony of giving a sheep to the dead (to guide his/her soul to the land of the ancestors), and the ceremony of opening the way.
Hangui priest of the Pumi: when a family want to perform a ceremony only need to call his hangui priest to preside it. But if a hangui lost the confidence of his followers they can choose other hangui for their family.
stages of writing among the Pumi:
it can help to understand both the origin of systems of signs that lately
developed in writing systems and that of pictographic systems used by
an elite college of shamans as a mnemonic tool.
Researches available in the Web
Contrary to previous description based on the Mandarin model of syllable-tone system, Xinyingpan, a dialect of Prinmi (a Tibeto-Burman language of China), has been discovered to possess a melody-tone system (or ¡°pitch-accent¡± system) akin to that of Japanese.
Picus Sizhi Ding.- The picth-accent system of the Niuwozi Prinmi. 2001
Field data from Niuwozi Prinmi suggest that its tonal system is fundamentally different from the one operating in Mandarin, but closer to those of some Tibeto-Burman languages of Nepal.
James A. Matissof.- Dayang Pumi phonology and adumbrations of comparative Qiangic
Pumi has an extremely complex phonology, and shows considerable internal dialectal diversification. The name "Pumi" is a Chinese exonym that more or less aproximates the pronunciation of the autonym in the Dayang dialect.
MSD.- The Pumi Ethnic Group
Bamboo is regarded as the guardian deity of the Pumi people. The Bamboo stripped box is valuable gift presented at weddings, funerals and other occasions in the Pumi community. It symbolizes good luck, friendliness, holiness and happiness.
Why the Pumi people never drink when lying down. A Pumi nationalitity folktale.
China photo exhibitions
Films about the Pumi
Pumi in the art
to Pumi lands
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