Articles in Ethnic China
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Take Meigu County for example, statistics shows that there were 6850 bi-moxes (male only) in 1996, covering 4 percent of the total population and 8 percent of the male. The variety of religious ceremonies amounted to over 200 and religious scriptures reached a staggering number of 115,000 copies.
Mark Bender.- "Tribes of Snow" Animals and Plants in the Nuosu Book of Origins (Asian Ethnology)
paper examines how select images of life forms in the text relate to historic
and contemporary Nuosu culture, and suggests that in the traditions of
the Hnewo, boundaries between the realms are conceptually mitigated by
the ultimate origin of all life in the sky.
David Bradley.- The status of the 44 tone in Nosu
In the ¡°standard¡± Shengza variety of Nosu, the 44 tone frequently has slight creakiness in phonation, and varies somewhat between a completely level tone and one with a slight rise or rise-fall;
David Bradley, Maya Bradley and Li Yongxiang.- Language endangerment in China: The Yi of Kunming.
Kunming area is particularly significant for the Yi as, according to their
traditional written history, it was their original homeland, from which
they dispersed starting about 1500 years ago. Prior to that time, they
were ruled by a series of Yi dynasties including the Dian and Cuan who
controlled eastern Yunnan from their centres around Dian Lake near Kunming
up to about 800 AD.
the Gan Yi can understand a basic level of Sani Yi, they might find it
more difficult to understand more complex Sani Yi materials. Language
shift to Chinese is evident in this Gan Yi village.
Threads: Clothing, Ethnicity, and Place in Southwest China
decades of pressure to become revolutionary or modern, people in the hill
regions of Southwest China, like their ethnic relatives across the border
in Burma, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam, associated ethnicity with clothing.
Stevan Harrell.- Ethnicity and kin terms among two kinds of Yi
Stevan Harrell.- The History of the History of the Yi
Stevan Harrell and Li Yongxiang.- The History of the History of the Yi Part II. Over the past 50 years, there has developed an educated, sophisticated, bicultural minority elite involved in administration of all sorts, particularly in cultural affairs and in cultural scholarship.
Stevan Harrell, Thomas M. Hinckley, Li Xingxing, Joanne Ho, Kayanna Warren and Ross T. Nadal.- Historical Ecological Change in the Upper Baiwu Valley
Upper Baiwu Valley in Yanyuan County is an ecologoical and human system
that has been changing and adapting to human use for hundreds of years.
Since 1956, the pace of ecological change has speeded up, and a series
of ecological shocks ecoshock have swept over the valley.
Stevan Harrell ang Bamu Qubumo.- The Nuosu Yi of Liangshan, China
In this article, we illustrate the general forms and principles of Yi clothing by concentrating on the clothing and body ornamentation styles of the Nuosu, one of the Yi peoples least influenced by outside societies and cultures.
Stevan Harrell and Kayanna Warren. A short summary of Nuosu Ecology and Ethnoecological Concepts
This egalitarian consumption in the face of rigid social hierarchy was the result of the economic correlates of social status being connected with livestock and luxury goods, rather than with agricultural land and products or with forestry.
By means of a questionnaire survey of Yi-Chinese bilingual students at the Ethnic Secondary School of Xichang, and observations of natural language use by urban Yi-Chinese bilinguals and rural Yi monolinguals, the author of this article seeks to understand current use of Yi family, education, religion, work, and the media in order to assess Yi¡¯s vitality and social function in the Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture.
This paper examines the effects of a periodic marketplace in the post-socialist transition of China's Nuosu (Yi) minority in Liangshan.
Chunlin Long, Sumei Li,Bo Long,Yana Shi and Benxi Liu.- Medicinal plants used by the Yi ethnic group: a case study in central Yunnan (J Ethnobiol Ethnomed. 2009; 5: 13)
The characteristics of medicinal plants were analyzed. Some new findings (such as new curative effects and new preparation methods) were recorded These newly gathered ethnobotanical and medicinal data are precious sources for the future development of new drugs, and for further phytochemical, pharmacological and clinical studies.
Lu Yunchun, Liu Yitang, Meng Simu and Bruce Hansen.- Language Survey Report on the White Yi of Stone Forest County
This short note reports on an effort to assess language information from speakers of White Yi who were reported to reside in Shilin (Stone Forest) County of Yunnan Province of China. No speakers were found, and it was concluded that there are no speakers of White Yi indigenous to this county.
James A. Matisoff.- Much Adu about something: extrusional labiovelars in a Northern Yi patois.
a recent article in Minzu Yuwen, the Chinese linguist Pan Zhengyun describes
a subdialect "Adu" of the Northern group of Yi (= Loloish) languages
that has a series of labiovelar initials, /kp-, kph-, gb-, .gb-, .m-/,
not to be found elsewhere in the entire Yi family.
Victoria, Jiro Kusonose, Marie Tsiang, and Shermi Liang.- Nuosu
biodiversity and ethnobotany: A case study in the Yangjuan area, Yanyuan
County, Liangshan Autonomous Region. 2003
ethnobotany portion of our survey was also conducted for the purpose of
assessing how the Yi people in of this region made use of the plants surrounding
Smith.- Constructing Identities: Tensions in Defining Naxi/Mosuo and Bai/Yi
some groups do receive a great deal of provincial and national
subsidization to re-establish cultural educational centers and religious
Benoit Vermander.- Nuosu Religion: Rituals, Agents and Beliefs- Renlai 2007
Religion can be approached and defined from a variety of standpoints. I choose here to pragmatically study Nuosu religion as a complex of rituals; the agents that participate in them; and set of beliefs that somehow underline these rituals while their maintenance is supported by this very performance. In one approach, Nuoso religion can thus be described as a set of rituals proper to the Nusou people living on the Liangshan territory.
Benoit Vermander.- The Future of Nuosu Religion - Renlai 2007
local religions proper to several ethnic minorities throughout Asia eventually
disappear? Or is their resilience stronger than generally thought? Let
us examine this question through the prism of "Nuosu religion"
She herself has in her hands two other glasses, larger in size, and she pours the content alternatively form one cup to another. Her psalmody starts with the genealogy of her trade, the sunyit line to which she belongs. She takes the rooster presented to her and breaks its spur. The door of the room and the one of the little house are kept open.
Yis of Liangshan prefecture- beyond and behind ethnicity. eRenlai,
Free books about the Yi
Yi priests and witches in Paul Vial work: Here we translate his words regarding the Yi religious specialists.
The Nosu (Yi from Liangshan) in Camps and Trails in China: Roy Chapman Andrews, Camps and Trails in China (1918)
Books and references
book about Yi nationality painting: "Na
Shi", meaning drawing or painting in the Yi language, was a style
of painting of the primitive Yi nationality, which was used as offering
sacrifice to their gods and ancestors in funeral ceremonies.
Reading curses, a wise man tale. There was a young couple that worked in the house of the Tusi as servants. The girl was very beautiful, and the Tusi harassed her continually. Not being able to tolerate more this situation, they went to see the wise man Luomo Azhi
Chinese Bibliography of the Yi