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Title Hanvueng : the Goose King and the Ancestral King : an epic from Guangxi in Southern China / translated and annotated by David Holm, Meng Yuanyao
Published Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2015


Description 1 online resource
Series Zhuang Traditional Texts
Zhuang Traditional Texts
Contents List of Illustrations; Preface; List of Abbreviations; Conventions; Introduction; English Translation; Interlinear Transcription; Textual and Ethnographic Notes; Glossary and Concordance; Chinese Character Index; Index of Vernacular Characters and Allographs; Zhuang Character Index; English-Zhuang Index; Subject Index; Bibliography; Photo-Reproduction of Manuscript Pages
Summary This work is an annotated edition of a ritual manuscript, written in the traditional Zhuang character script. The Hanvueng epic is a narrative in verse about murderous enmity between two royal half-brothers, recited in cases of fraternal feuding, death by violence, and outbreaks of smallpox. The theme of enmity is an important one that resonates deeply in the Tai societies on the periphery of the Chinese empire. The narrative touches on many other aspects of life in the valley-kingdoms in the highlands of Guangxi: marriage and inheritance, match-making, slavery and social stratification, agriculture, hunting, fishing, raiding, livestock raising, dye-making, wild animals and plants, and the use of ritual to put things to rights
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Epic poetry, Zhuang -- Translations into English
Zhuang literature.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- Asian -- General.
Epic poetry, Zhuang
Zhuang literature
Guangxi Zhuangzu Zizhiqu (China) -- Poetry
China -- Guangxi Zhuangzu Zizhiqu
Genre/Form Poetry
Form Electronic book
Author Holm, David, 1946- translator.
Meng, Yuanyao, translator.
ISBN 9789004290006