Chieftains into Ancestors

Imperial Expansion and Indigenous Society in Southwest China

Edited by David Faure and Ts'ui-p'ing Ho

  • Published: 2013. Paperback 2014
  • Subject Listing: Asian Studies
  • Bibliographic information: 272 pp., 17 illus., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: US rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
  • Contents

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.
David Faure is Wei Lun Professor of History at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His books include Emperor and Ancestor: State and Lineage in South China. HoTs'ui-p'ing is an associate research fellow at the Institute of Ethnology at Academia Sinica and an adjunct associate professor in the Institute of Anthropology at National Tsing Hua University. She is the coeditor of State, Market and Ethnic Groups Contextualized. 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 / Xie Xiaohui

6. The Past Tells It Differently: The Myth of Native Subjugation in the Creation of Lineage Society in South China / He Xi

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