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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xviii
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  1. Pronunciation Guide and Conventions
  2. pp. xix-xx
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  1. Map of Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture
  2. pp. xxi-xxii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xxiii-xcv
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  1. Full Title Page
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. 1. Genealogy of Sky
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  1. 2. Genealogy of Earth
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  1. 3. Transformation of Sky and Earth
  2. pp. 5-6
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  1. 4. Genealogy of Lightning
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  1. 5. Separation of Sky and Earth
  2. pp. 9-14
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  1. 6. Great Bimo
  2. pp. 15-17
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  1. 7. Genealogy of Spirit Monkey
  2. pp. 18-20
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  1. 8. Zhyge Alu
  2. pp. 21-25
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  1. 9. Shooting Down Suns and Moons
  2. pp. 26-28
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  1. 10. Calling Out Single Sun and Single Moon
  2. pp. 29-30
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  1. 11. Twelve Branches of Snow
  2. pp. 31-39
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  1. 12. Genealogy of Shyly Wote
  2. pp. 40-61
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  1. 13. Ozzu (Tibetan) Lineages
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  1. 14. Ozzu (Tibetan) Migrations
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  1. 15. Hxiemga (Han) People's Lineage
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  1. 16. Hxiemga (Han) People's Migrations
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  1. 17. Foreigners' Lineage
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  1. 18. Migrations of Foreigners
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  1. 19. Nuosu Lineages
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  1. 20. Emperor Vomu and Ni and Vi Genealogies
  2. pp. 71-73
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  1. 21. Genealogy of Ahuo
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  1. 22. Migration of Ahuo
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  1. 23. Genealogy of Nzy Clan
  2. pp. 76-85
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  1. 24. Highpoints of Migrations of Gguho
  2. pp. 86-87
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  1. 25. Migrations of Qonie
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  1. 26. Changes in Hxuo Villages
  2. pp. 90-94
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  1. 27. Genealogy of Gguho
  2. pp. 95-97
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  1. 28. Migrations of Nine Sons of Gguho Durzhy Ddiwo
  2. pp. 98-113
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  1. 29. Genealogy of Qoni
  2. pp. 114-126
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  1. Appendix: The Book of Origins Contents with Tone Indicators
  2. pp. 127-129
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  1. Glossary
  2. p. 130
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 131-150
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  1. References
  2. pp. 151-158
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 159-173
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780295745701
Related ISBN
9780295745688
MARC Record
OCLC
1086523172
Pages
264
Launched on MUSE
2021-09-11
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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