Minjian fengsu zhi (Folklore records in China) (review)

Minjian fengsu zhi (Folklore records in China) (review) 446 China Review International: Vol. 7, No. 2, Fall 2000 Gao Bingzhong . Minjian fengsu zhi !" ([Han Chinese] Folk Customs). Religion and Folklore Series, 9. Shanghai: Shanghai Renmin Chubanshe, 1998. 471 pp. Hardcover RMB 60, ISBN 7­208­02343­3. This book is an attempt to record the modern folk customs of the Han Chinese people, based on the author's own fieldwork and employing a multidisciplinary approach. For those interested in acquiring a background in Chinese society and culture, the book is both interesting and valuable, and it serves as a good reference work on Chinese folk customs. The author defines folk customs as being grounded in the cultural life of a people. He places folk customs in three major categories--material, social, and spiritual--and the book's eight chapters are divided among three corresponding sections. The first section focuses on the folk customs of material life. Chapter 1 deals with the folk customs of production (basic production processes such as agriculture, fishing, mining, hunting, and animal husbandry); chapter 2 with the folk customs of business (raw-material processing, handicrafts, services, and trade); and chapter 3 with the folk customs of the household (the material consumption of goods such as food, clothing, housing, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

Minjian fengsu zhi (Folklore records in China) (review)

China Review International, Volume 7 (2) – Sep 1, 2000

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446 China Review International: Vol. 7, No. 2, Fall 2000 Gao Bingzhong . Minjian fengsu zhi !" ([Han Chinese] Folk Customs). Religion and Folklore Series, 9. Shanghai: Shanghai Renmin Chubanshe, 1998. 471 pp. Hardcover RMB 60, ISBN 7­208­02343­3. This book is an attempt to record the modern folk customs of the Han Chinese people, based on the author's own fieldwork and employing a multidisciplinary approach. For those interested in acquiring a background in Chinese society and culture, the book is both interesting and valuable, and it serves as a good reference work on Chinese folk customs. The author defines folk customs as being grounded in the cultural life of a people. He places folk customs in three major categories--material, social, and spiritual--and the book's eight chapters are divided among three corresponding sections. The first section focuses on the folk customs of material life. Chapter 1 deals with the folk customs of production (basic production processes such as agriculture, fishing, mining, hunting, and animal husbandry); chapter 2 with the folk customs of business (raw-material processing, handicrafts, services, and trade); and chapter 3 with the folk customs of the household (the material consumption of goods such as food, clothing, housing,

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