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Chieftains into Ancestors

Imperial Expansion and Indigenous Society in Southwest China

Edited by David Faure and Ho Ts'ui-p'ing

Chieftains into Ancestors

Edited by David Faure and Ho Ts'ui-p'ing

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

272 pages
Paper $37.95 ISBN: 9780774823692 Published January 2014 For sale in USA only
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780774823685 Published March 2013 For sale in USA only

Official Chinese history has always been written from a centrist viewpoint. Chieftains into Ancestors describes the intersection of imperial administration and chieftain-dominated local culture in the culturally diverse southwestern region of China. Contemplating the rhetorical question of how one can begin to rewrite the story of a conquered people whose past was never transcribed in the first place, the authors combine anthropological fieldwork with historical textual analysis to build a new regional history – one that recognizes the ethnic, religious, and gendered transformations that took place in China’s nation-building process.

Contents

Introduction / David Faure

1   Reciting the Words as Doing the Rite: Language Ideology and Its Social Consequences in the Hmong’s Qhuab Kev (Showing the Way) / Huang Shu-li

2   Chief, God, or National Hero? Representing Nong Zhigao in Chinese Ethnic Minority Society / Kao Ya-ning

3   The Venerable Flying Mountain: Patron Deity on the Border of Hunan and Guizhou / Zhang Yingqiang

4   Surviving Conquest in Dali: Chiefs, Deities, and Ancestors / Lian Ruizhi

5   From Woman’s Fertility to Masculine Authority: The Story of the White Emperor Heavenly Kings in Western Hunan / Xie Xiaohui

6   The Past Tells It Differently: The Myth of Native Subjugation in the Creation of Lineage Society in South China / He Xi

7   The Tusi That Never Was: Find an Ancestor, Connect to the State / David Faure

8   The Wancheng Native Officialdom: Social Production and Social Reproduction / James Wilkerson

9   Gendering Ritual Community across the Chinese Southwest Borderland / Ho Ts’ui-p’ing

Contributors

Index

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