Chieftains into Ancestors

Chieftains into Ancestors : Imperial Expansion and Indigenous Society in Southwest China

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This book will appeal to Asian Studies scholars, as well as toanyone interested in the effects of nation-building on religiousritual, oral tradition, gender roles, and the representation ofhistory.
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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 17.27mm | 400g
  • Vancouver, Canada
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 17 b&w illustrations, 2 maps, 1 table
  • 0774823690
  • 9780774823692
  • 1,522,038

Table of contents

Introduction / David Faure

1 Reciting the Words as Doing the Rite: LanguageIdeology and Its Social Consequences in the Hmong's QhuabKev (Showing the Way) / Huang Shu-li

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

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

4 Surviving Conquest in Dali: Chiefs, Deities, andAncestors / 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 NativeSubjugation in the Creation of Lineage Society in South China / HeXi

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

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

9 Gendering Ritual Community across the ChineseSouthwest Borderland / Ho Ts'ui-p'ing


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We need to examine state expansion from the perspective of local societies and, with "Chieftains into Ancestors," we now have the conceptual and methodological tools to do this. This is historical anthropology and micro-history at its best.
- John E. Herman, author of "Amid the Clouds and Mist: China's Colonization of Guizhou, 1200-1700" This is a fantastic and first-class collection, highly original in its combination of anthropological with historical approaches and marking a real contribution to understandings of social and cultural processes in southern China. Authored by some of the leading scholars in the field with an unparalleled knowledge of this subject, "Chieftains into Ancestors" is original and enlightening.
- Nicholas Tapp, author of The "Hmong of China: Context, Agency and the Imaginary"
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About David Faure

David Faure is Wei Lun Professor of History at theChinese University of Hong Kong. His books include Emperor andAncestor: State and Lineage in South China. HoTs'ui-p'ing is an associate research fellow at theInstitute of Ethnology at Academia Sinica and an adjunct associateprofessor in the Institute of Anthropology at National Tsing HuaUniversity. She is the co-editor of State, Market and Ethnic GroupsContextualized.

Contributors: Lian Ruizhi, Huang Shu-li, JamesWilkerson, He Xi, Xie Xiaohui, Kao Ya-ning, and Zhang Yingqiang.
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