The Birth of Humanity: The Anthropogenic Mythology of Ethnic Minorities in China, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Birth of Humanity

The Anthropogenic Mythology of Ethnic Minorities in China, 1st Edition

By Wang Xianzhao

Bridge 21, USA

320 pages

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Hardback: 9781626430471
pub: 2018-07-06
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This volume is a rich ethnographic study of the emergence and features of anthropogenic mythology for all fifty-five official ethnic minorities in China. Anthropogenic mythology consists of myths and folklore about the birth of humanity as a group, species, ethnic, and surname origins, and also myths of individual origins, including the birth of cultural heroes and iconic figures. Mythologies on the origins of clans, tribes and ethnic groups are observed and analyzed through various motifs. This book highlights the unique characteristics, as well as shared commonalities, of mythological motifs.

About the Author

Wang Xianzhao is professor at the Chinese Academy of Social Science.

About the Series

Bridge21 Publications

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General