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The Nuosu book of origins : a creation epic from southwest China

Author: Mark Bender; Wuwu Aku; Jjivot Zopqu
Publisher: Seattle : University of Washington Press, [2019] ©2019
Series: Studies on ethnic groups in China.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Nuosu people, who were once overlords of vast tracts of farmland and forest in the uplands of southern Sichuan and neighboring provinces, are the largest division of the Yi ethnic group in southwest China. Their creation epic plots the origins of the cosmos, the sky and earth, and the living beings of land and water. This translation is a rare example in English of indigenous ethnic literature from China.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Folklore
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Translations into English
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Seattle : University of Washington Press, [2019]
(DLC) 2019007224
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Bender; Wuwu Aku; Jjivot Zopqu
ISBN: 9780295745688 0295745681 9780295745695 029574569X
OCLC Number: 1057752727
Language Note: Translated from the Sino-Tibetan.
Description: xcv, 173 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Genealogy of sky = Momu cy --
Genealogy of earth = Mudde cy --
Transformation of sky and earth = Momu zzyqo cy --
Genealogy of lightning = Murzyr cy --
Separation of sky and earth = Muvu mudie po --
Great bimo = Awo shubu --
Genealogy of spirit monkey = Anyu ddussy cy --
Zhyge alu = Zhyge alu --
Shooting down suns and moons = Gge nbie hle nbie --
Calling out single sun and single moon = Gge di hle di gu --
Twelve branches of snow = Vonre sse cinyi --
Genealogy of Shyly Wote = Shyly wote ssy --
Ozzu (Tibetan) lineages = Ozzu cy --
Ozzu Tibetan) migrations = Ozzu muche --
Hxiemga (Han) people's lineage = Hxiemga cy --
Hxiemga (Han) people's migrations = Hxiemga muche --
Foreigner's lineage = Yiery cy --
Migrations of foreigners = Yiery muche --
Nuosu lineages = Nuosu cy --
Emperor vomu and ni and vi genealogies = Vomu ni vi cy --
Genealogy of Ahuo = Ahuo cy --
Migration of ahuo = Ahuo muche --
Genealogy of Nzy clan = Nzyzzur pu --
Highpoints of migrations of the Ggu Ho = Gguho cy bo --
Migrations of Qonie = Qonie cy bo --
Changes in Hxuo villages = Hxuoqo hxeqo --
Genealogy of Gguho = Gguho cy --
Migrations of nine sons of Gguho Durzhy Ddi = Kurdie Gguho Durzhy Ddi Wo Sse Ggu cy --
Genealogy of Qoni = Qoni cy.
Series Title: Studies on ethnic groups in China.
Other Titles: Hnewo teyy.
Responsibility: translated by Mark Bender and Aku Wuwu from a transcription by Jjivot Zopqu.

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"The Nuosu people, who were once overlords of vast tracts of farmland and forest in the uplands of southern Sichuan and neighboring provinces, are the largest division of the Yi ethnic group in southwest China. Their creation epic plots the origins of the cosmos, the sky and earth, and the living beings of land and water. This translation is a rare example in English of indigenous ethnic literature from China. Transmitted in oral and written forms for centuries among the Nuosu, The Book of Origins is performed by bimo priests and other tradition-bearers. Poetic in form, the narrative provides insights into how a clan- and caste-based society organizes itself, dictates ethics, relates to other ethnic groups, and adapts to a harsh environment. A comprehensive introduction to the translation describes the land and people, summarizes the work's themes, and discusses the significance of The Book of Origins for the understanding of folk epics, ethnoecology, and ethnic relations"--

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