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AHP 41: The Last Dragon Banquet? By Nyangchakja
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The Last Dragon Banquet? provides details on an Amdo Tibetan community's history, population, education, economy, religion, language, housing, treatment of death, divination, conflict, and clothing.... More > This is followed by a detailed ethnographic study of village weddings focusing on marriage norms, the spouse selection process, spouse trial period, pre-wedding activities, preparation of the bride's clothing, negotiations, abducting the bride, the bridewealth and dowry, speeches, orations, songs, rituals, the bride's mother's instructions to her daughter, and the actual wedding rituals. With English translations of songs, summaries of speeches, and over 250 photographs, this book provides a detailed and compelling wealth of information that will benefit those interested in Tibetan Studies.< Less
AHP 41: The Last Dragon Banquet? By Nyangchakja
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The Last Dragon Banquet? provides details on an Amdo Tibetan community's history, population, education, economy, religion, language, housing, treatment of death, divination, conflict, and clothing.... More > This is followed by a detailed ethnographic study of village weddings focusing on marriage norms, the spouse selection process, spouse trial period, pre-wedding activities, preparation of the bride's clothing, negotiations, abducting the bride, the bridewealth and dowry, speeches, orations, songs, rituals, the bride's mother's instructions to her daughter, and the actual wedding rituals. With English translations of songs, summaries of speeches, and over 250 photographs, this book provides a detailed and compelling wealth of information that will benefit those interested in Tibetan Studies.< Less
AHP 41: The Last Dragon Banquet? By Nyangchakja
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The Last Dragon Banquet? provides details on an Amdo Tibetan community's history, population, education, economy, religion, language, housing, treatment of death, divination, conflict, and clothing.... More > This is followed by a detailed ethnographic study of village weddings focusing on marriage norms, the spouse selection process, spouse trial period, pre-wedding activities, preparation of the bride's clothing, negotiations, abducting the bride, the bridewealth and dowry, speeches, orations, songs, rituals, the bride's mother's instructions to her daughter, and the actual wedding rituals. With English translations of songs, summaries of speeches, and over 250 photographs, this book provides a detailed and compelling wealth of information that will benefit those interested in Tibetan Studies.< Less
AHP 58 ARTICLES, PERSPECTIVES, AN ESSAY, A TRANSLATION, PERSPECTIVES, PROFILES, CARTOONS, LITERATURE, BOOK REVIEWS, AND A DISSERTATION REVIEW 2019 By Various Authors
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AHP Volume #58: Two Research Articles, Perspectives, an Essay, a Translation, Perspectives, Profiles, Cartoons, Literature, Book Reviews, and a Dissertation Review for the year 2019.
魂断红土哑壑 By 立穆斯什典 菊瑰
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立穆斯什典和菊瑰以回忆的形式给我们展示了在青海省东... More >北部土族人的传统世界。在那个复杂的世界里充满了导致疾病和抑郁的幽灵和鬼魂,文中对重要事件中的传统古朴仪式过程和正义的粗野执行方式使其呈现出与其它任何地方截然不同的一种人类关系。这些以及其他方面的描写都采取以细致而谨慎的方式,并且以这种事实相关的风格让读者有空间去想象,去领会与我们同一世界的这个民族所固有的奇异之处。没有比这更好的文本可以把想象传递到二十世纪的青海土族。路易克拉克大学中文系狄志良副教授 Limusishiden and Jugui provide a glimpse into a recollected, traditional world of Mongghul people in northeastern Qinghai Province. This complicated world is filled with spirits and ghosts causing disease and depression, marked with elaborate rituals for important events, punctuated by crude justice, and entirely enmeshed in a web of human relationships quite unlike those of any other place. These aspects, and others, are described with precision and care, and related in a matter-of-fact style that leaves the reader space to appreciate the ironies inherent in the juxtaposition of this world with our own. There is no better text for transporting the imagination into twentieth century Mongghul Qinghai. --Keith Dede, Associate Professor of Chinese, Lewis & Clark College< Less
TRANSITIONS འགྱུར་མཚམས། By 'Jam dbyangs skyabs འཇམ་དབྱངས་སྐྱབས།
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The photographer, 'Jam dbyangs skyabs, is from a pastoral community in a northeastern Tibetan region. He embarked on a journey that led him to an unfamiliar but much anticipated "dream... More > world," Xi'an, a large metropolis in Shaanxi Province. 'Jam dbyangs skyabs found photography that helped him explore the world and began travelling between his changing traditional world and a Chinese city also in flux. Old people, children, workers, cleaners, beggars, and animals all became subjects of attention. 'Jam dbyangs skyabs interprets photographs he has taken in his home community (45) and in metropolitan Xi'an (147) through his memories of his past. The images invoke nostalgia for his past while contemplating the rapidly changing world of his "home." He worries and questions the loss of traditions and the impact of modernity. In eloquently commenting on his own bewilderment, readers encounter a familiar quandary: how do we decode our past and what meaning does it have in our own, ever-changing eternal present?< Less
REMEMBERING TOMORROW By GU RU 'PHRIN LAS
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Contextualized in flawless English, Gu ru 'phrin las is familiar but also removed from the world he describes. His 19 stories exceed childhood reminiscences in their collective memory of the Tibetans... More > with a herding background raised in a black yak-hair tent but who now rarely see such a tent. The stories are of an unsophisticated, impoverished life, dotted with compassion but they do not avoid brutality and revengeful emotions integral to this life. Antagonistic values and tangled emotions are mirror-like, one reflecting the other. A girl admires children changing grass-insoles during the New Year, but the same children admire her for sleeping as long as she wants. A boy understands his brother, "the crazy monk," more profoundly than his father. 8 yaks paid for the death of a poor boy is compared to 80 yaks in compensation for the revenge death of a rich boy. Challenging the reader, are these memories or imaginings, fictional creations or lived realities, remnants of the past or tomorrow's authenticities?< Less
"GOLDEN FAMILY": THE END OF CHINA'S HUZHU MONGGHUL NOBILITY By Limusishiden et al.
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Long-awaited, Limusishiden's richly detailed historical novel depicts the life and times of a sub-group of one of China's ethnic groups, the Tu, from the late 19th century to the early 1930s. The... More > Mongghul, a culturally distinct Tu subgroup living in east-central Qinghai, practice Tibetan Buddhism while also venerating a variety of deities. The novel's main character broke the rules as a young monk, and his monastery expels him. Nevertheless, he is appointed to a local position of authority is known as Tughuan Nangsuu. The narrative features establishment of a key Mongghul monastery, historical narratives of Tughuan Village and its people, construction of Nangsuu's Mansion, private deities and annual religious rituals, including circumambulation of their territory and shamanic rites. This stunning accomplishment will gladden admirers of the author whose intimate connection to his homeland offers revelatory insight into the lives of a small ethnic group and thereby the human condition.< Less
CONTEMPORARY TIBETAN SHORT STORIES By AHP 53
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Storytelling is at the heart of this collection, meriting our appreciation and enjoyment of the literary fruit of what Lama Jabb has coined the "oral continuities in Tibetan literature."... More > More than two dozen young writers from the Tibetan Plateau have probed their most tender memories and curious encounters to pen tales with characters and circumstances that fascinate, puzzle, disappoint, or leave us pained. Each story is prefaced by introductory remarks on the author's inspiration. Many draw on actual occurrences, however surreal. This framing lends an "embedded" effect to several of the works: stories are nested inside stories, sometimes within a yet wider narrative reminiscent of the vetāla cycle by which the carrier of the narrative (and of a story-telling corpse) is drawn to pose another question unwinding a garland of tales. This collection provide a portal for readers unfamiliar with Tibetan lives, whether in adobe-style homes on arid hillsides or in yak-hair tents dotting the grasslands.< Less
CONTEMPORARY TIBETAN SHORT STORIES By AHP 53
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Storytelling is at the heart of this collection, meriting our appreciation and enjoyment of the literary fruit of what Lama Jabb has coined the "oral continuities in Tibetan literature."... More > More than two dozen young writers from the Tibetan Plateau have probed their most tender memories and curious encounters to pen tales with characters and circumstances that fascinate, puzzle, disappoint, or leave us pained. Each story is prefaced by introductory remarks on the author's inspiration. Many draw on actual occurrences, however surreal. This framing lends an "embedded" effect to several of the works: stories are nested inside stories, sometimes within a yet wider narrative reminiscent of the vetāla cycle by which the carrier of the narrative (and of a story-telling corpse) is drawn to pose another question unwinding a garland of tales. This collection provide a portal for readers unfamiliar with Tibetan lives, whether in adobe-style homes on arid hillsides or in yak-hair tents dotting the grasslands.< Less