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The Nuosu Book of Origins: A Creation Epic from Southwest China by Mark Bender and Aku Wuwu (review)

The Nuosu Book of Origins: A Creation Epic from Southwest China by Mark Bender and Aku Wuwu (review) Reviews  The Nuosu Book of Origins: A Creation Epic from Southwest China. Translated by Mark Bender and Aku Wuwu. From a transcription by Jjivot Zopqu. Studies on Ethnic Groups in China. Seattle: University of Washington Press, . xcv,  pp. Paperback $., ISBN --- -. We are currently witnessing a massive loss of cultures on a global scale. The world is facing a fast-paced change, particularly with regard to indigenous people. Diversity is shrinking, something we can regret but not impede. Globalization processes, Western perceptions of modern ways of living, greed for profit, resource depletion—there are many reasons why indigenous diversity is vanishing. In this remarkable book, we read about the imagined origins of one of China’s multitude of ethnic groups, the Nuosu people (a group officially belonging to the Yi nationality) living in the Liangshan Mountains in southern Sichuan Province and northern Yunnan Province. As the renowned social anthropologist Stevan Harrell writes in his Foreword, The Book of Origins is the story the Nuosu “tell themselves about how they got where they are and how they fitin – to the cosmos, the spirit world, the natural world, and the social world” (p. vii). The Book of Origins, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

The Nuosu Book of Origins: A Creation Epic from Southwest China by Mark Bender and Aku Wuwu (review)

China Review International , Volume 25 (2) – Jul 23, 2020

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Reviews  The Nuosu Book of Origins: A Creation Epic from Southwest China. Translated by Mark Bender and Aku Wuwu. From a transcription by Jjivot Zopqu. Studies on Ethnic Groups in China. Seattle: University of Washington Press, . xcv,  pp. Paperback $., ISBN --- -. We are currently witnessing a massive loss of cultures on a global scale. The world is facing a fast-paced change, particularly with regard to indigenous people. Diversity is shrinking, something we can regret but not impede. Globalization processes, Western perceptions of modern ways of living, greed for profit, resource depletion—there are many reasons why indigenous diversity is vanishing. In this remarkable book, we read about the imagined origins of one of China’s multitude of ethnic groups, the Nuosu people (a group officially belonging to the Yi nationality) living in the Liangshan Mountains in southern Sichuan Province and northern Yunnan Province. As the renowned social anthropologist Stevan Harrell writes in his Foreword, The Book of Origins is the story the Nuosu “tell themselves about how they got where they are and how they fitin – to the cosmos, the spirit world, the natural world, and the social world” (p. vii). The Book of Origins,

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China Review InternationalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jul 23, 2020

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