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Title: A Hmao (Hua Miao) Songs, Stories and Legends from China
Edited By: Nicholas Tapp
Mark Pfeifer
Series Title: LINCOM Text Collections 02
Description:

These wonderful materials come from the A Hmao people of Southwest China, a
Miao people related to the Hmong. Their language is a unique one and this
book represents a fair selection of their whole corpus of oral legends -
songs and folk tales about the origins of the world, their oppression by
the Chinese, their flight and exodus, their relations with landlords,
together with stories of their social customs, lovesongs and animal fables.
Before the Chinese revolution of 1949 the Parsons brothers, who collected
and translated these materials, worked with the A Hmao as Christian
pastors. Before leaving China they had asked the A Hmao to write down their
entire oral corpus in the special form of writing invented by missionaries
for their hitherto oral language. After China opened up in 1978 more of
these materials were sent to the Parsons brothers, for all through the
years of socialism the A Hmao had faithfully recorded their entire corpus.

There are four sections – the ‘Beginnings’, dealing with Creation and the
Flood, ‘History’, dealing with early leaders, clashes with the Chinese, and
the loss of the homeland, ‘Social Life’, covering shamanism, marriage and
other customs, and ‘Narratives’ (fantastic stories about orphans, tigers,
and many animal fables). Each legend has a brief introduction by the
Parsons brothers followed by their free translation. This selection has
been put together from the entire mass of the collection by Nicholas Tapp,
a Professor of Anthropology at the Australian National University, and Mark
Pfeifer, former Head of the Hmong Resource Center in Minnesota. To show the
uniqueness of the language, some examples of the word-for-word translations
which accompany each entry in the original are given, and some samples of
the special Pollard script invented for the language. This is a unique
corpus of imaginative folklore and linguistic materials and marks a
considerable contribution towards world mythology.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Writing Systems
Anthropological Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Miao, Large Flowery
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Versions:
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9783929075700
Pages: 600
Prices: Europe EURO 148.00