By Stevan Harrell
Approximately seven million Yi humans stay in Southwest China, yet such a lot expert humans open air China have by no means heard of them. This booklet, the 1st scholarly examine in a Western language at the Yi in 4 a long time, brings this little-known a part of the realm to lifestyles. views at the Yi of Southwest China is a striking number of paintings through either Yi and international students describing their historical past, conventional society, and up to date social adjustments. as well as being important as an ethnographic learn, this publication can be an test in communique between 3 discourses: the cosmopolitan disciplines of background and the social sciences, the chinese language discourse of ethnology and ethnohistory, and the Yi folks discourse of family tree and formality. This publication makes use of the case of the Yi to behavior a world dialog throughout previously remoted disciplines.
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For this reason, some preliminary research into his- RECONSTRUCT ING Y I HISTORY 27 torical records embodied in Y i material culture has been carried out in recent years. The analysis below reveals the pearls hiding in this mud. a. Residential architecture. Y i peoples developed permanent, ﬁxed housing very early in their history. In the early periods, the majority of people lived up against mountains beside waterways, and so developed the log-cabin style. Later, because of military considerations, the watchtower house built out of cut stone appeared.
In the Sichuan-Yunnan border area, a large number of Neolithic pottery vessels have been unearthed. In the early 1980s, during the process of excavating the remains of Kunming Man, archaeologists uncovered three pottery shards with symbols that had characteristics of writing. , and they certainly have a connection with traditional Y i writing. ) periods at Caohai in Weining (Guizhou), another group of pottery pieces with incised symbols was found (now stored in the Guizhou Provincial Museum), and people have also matched these up with traditional Y i writing.
The preceding tale demonstrates that the nzy originated in the struggle between humans and nature. The conditions for becoming nzy are, ﬁrst, courage and a positive contribution; second, respect for the elderly. From this it is apparent that the elders, represented by the mother, played an important role in deciding who became nzy. This example is not necessarily the ﬁrst example of the origin of a Y i nzymo, but it demonstrates that at that time nzy were chosen according to deﬁnite standards. EARLY NZ YMO AS RECORDED IN THE HN EWO TEYY AND OTHER TEXTS What was it like for the early nzymo?
Perspectives on the Yi of Southwest China (Studies on China) by Stevan Harrell