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,
China Review International – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Sep 1, 2000
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