Butterfly Mother by Jin Dan
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Butterfly Mother
By Jin Dan

Butterfly Mother

Miao (Hmong) Creation Epics from Guizhou, China

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Translated by Mark Bender See other recent books by Mark Bender
Compiled by Ma Xueliang See other recent books by Ma Xueliang
Format: Hardback

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Butterfly Mother by Jin Dan

Book Description

Butterfly Mother is a collection of epic songs from the rich oral tradition of the Miao (Hmong) people of southwest China. These poetic narratives, traditionally performed by two groups of singers, relate the creation of a world in which everything is alive, and listeners find that besides mountains, rivers, trees, and creatures, inanimate objects are also 'born' and have spirits. In his engaging introduction, Mark Bender places these mythic narratives in their social and historical context, describing the workings and traditions of Miao society. Brimming with cultural lore, Butterfly Mother is a virtual encyclopedia of time-honored myths, legends, and folk customs of the Miao people.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780872208506
ISBN-10: 0872208508
Format: Hardback
(215mm x 9mm x mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Hackett Publishing Co, Inc
Publisher: Hackett Publishing Co, Inc
Publish Date: 15-Sep-2006
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Jin Dan

Mark Bender is Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures, The Ohio State University.

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