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Revival of religious practices of all sorts in China, after decades of systematic government suppression, is a topic of considerable interest to scholars in disciplines ranging from religious studies to anthropology to political science. This book examines contemporary religious practices among the Premi people of the Sichuan-Yunnan-Tibet area, a group of about 60,000 who speak a language belonging to the Qiang branch of Tibeto-Burman. Koen Wellens's ethnographic research in two Premi communities on opposite sides of the border, and his analysis of available historical documents, find multiple advocates and rationales for the revival of both formal Tibetan Buddhism and the indigenous Premi practices centered on ritual specialists called anji.

Wellens argues that the variety in the shape the revitalization process takes--as it affects Premi on the Sichuan side of the border and their counterparts on the Yunnan side--can only be understood in a local cultural context. This full-length study of the Premi, the first in a language other than Chinese, makes a valuable contribution to our ethnographic knowledge of Southwest China, as well as to our understanding of contemporary Chinese religious and cultural politics.

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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Foreword by Stevan Harrell
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  1. Title
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. On Language and Orthography
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  1. Map of Research Area in Southwest China
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  1. 1. MULI: The Political Integration of a Lama Kingdom
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  1. 2. BUSTLING TOWNSHIP: A Muli Township in the Post-Mao Era
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  1. Orthography
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  1. 3. THE PREMI HOUSE: Ritual and Relatedness
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  1. 4. PREMI COSMOLOGY: Ritual and the State
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  1. 5. MODERNITY IN YUNNAN: Religion and the Pumizu
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  1. Conclusion
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  1. Glossary
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  1. Notes
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Conclusion
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  1. Bibliography
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780295801551
Related ISBN(s)
9780295990682
MARC Record
OCLC
742514418
Pages
288
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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