Miao (Hmong) Creation Epics from Guizhou, China
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Butterfly Mother by Jin Dan
Book DescriptionButterfly 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 DetailsISBN: 9780872208506
(215mm x 9mm x mm)
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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