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Butterfly Mother

Miao (Hmong) Creation Epics from Guizhou, China

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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.

Author Biography

Mark Bender is Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures, The Ohio State University.
Release date NZ
September 15th, 2006
Contributors
Compiled by Jin Dan Compiled by Ma Xueliang Translated by Mark Bender
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
Hackett Publishing Co, Inc
Pages
256
ISBN-13
9780872208490
Product ID
1834723

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