sons of heaven


Ceinos Arcones, Pedro. Sons of Heaven, Brothers of Nature: The Naxi of Southwest China. 2012.

The first book that offers a comprehensive introduction to the life and culture of the Naxi people of Southwest China. With a simple and easy to understand language it provides information about Naxi language, including their pictographic Dongba script, geography, history, religion, main deities and rituals, material culture, emphasizing the symbolism of their house, their life cycle from birth to death with a dettailed analisys of their suicides, yearly cycle and main festivals, and Naxi music, art and literature.

Covering the most basic information about the Naxi and including together materials not before introduced to the general reader, the book will provide a simple and at the same time accurate information about the most remarkable aspects of Naxi culture. The reading of the book would be highly advisable to students of China, of ethnology and people interested by the cultures of Southeast Asia and the Tibetan marches.

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