Chieftains into Ancestors
Imperial Expansion and Indigenous Society in Southwest China
Edited by David Faure and Ts'ui-p'ing Ho
Chieftains into Ancestors describes the intersection of imperial administration and chieftain-dominated local culture in the culturally diverse southwestern region of China. Contemplating the rhetorical question of how one can begin to rewrite the story of a conquered people whose past was never transcribed in the first place, the authors combine anthropological fieldwork with historical textual analysis to build a new regional history.
- Published: May 2014
- Subject Listing: Asian Studies
- Bibliographic information: 272 pp., 17 illus., 6 x 9 in.
- Territorial rights: Usa Only
- Distributed for: UBC Press
David Faure is Wei Lun Professor of History at theChinese University of Hong Kong. His books include Emperor andAncestor: State and Lineage in South China. HoTs'ui-p'ing is an associate research fellow at theInstitute of Ethnology at Academia Sinica and an adjunct associateprofessor in the Institute of Anthropology at National Tsing HuaUniversity. She is the co-editor of State, Market and Ethnic GroupsContextualized.Contributors: Lian Ruizhi, Huang Shu-li, JamesWilkerson, He Xi, Xie Xiaohui, Kao Ya-ning, and Zhang Yingqiang.
"We need to examine state expansion from the perspective of local societies and, with Chieftains into Ancestors, we now have the conceptual and methodological tools to do this. This is historical anthropology and micro-history at its best."
-John E. Herman, author of Amid the Clouds and Mist: China's Colonization of Guizhou, 1200-1700
Introduction / David Faure
1 Reciting the Words as Doing the Rite: Language
Ideology and Its Social Consequences in the Hmong's Qhuab
Kev (Showing the Way) / Huang Shu-li
2 Chief, God, or National Hero? Representing Nong Zhigao
in Chinese Ethnic Minority Society / Kao Ya-ning
3 The Venerable Flying Mountain: Patron Deity on the
Border of Hunan and Guizhou / Zhang Yingqiang
4 Surviving Conquest in Dali: Chiefs, Deities, and
Ancestors / Lian Ruizhi
5 From Woman's Fertility to Masculine Authority:
The Story of the White Emperor Heavenly Kings in Western Hunan /
6 The Past Tells It Differently: The Myth of Native
Subjugation in the Creation of Lineage Society in South China / He
7 The Tusi That Never Was: Find an Ancestor,
Connect to the State / David Faure
8 The Wancheng Native Officialdom: Social Production and
Social Reproduction / James Wilkerson
9 Gendering Ritual Community across the Chinese
Southwest Borderland / Ho Ts'ui-p'ing