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Quest for HarmonyThe Moso Traditions of Sexual Union and Family Life.$
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Chuan-kang Shih

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804761994

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804761994.001.0001

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The People and Their History

The People and Their History

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(p.21) 1 The People and Their History
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Quest for Harmony
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804761994.003.0002

This chapter discusses the ethnicity of the Moso. It discusses what the Moso call themselves, what other people call them, an ethnohistory of these names, why they are called “Moso” in English, and the political implications of these names. The discussion explores the history of the Moso and their historical relations with their cultural cousins, the Naxi. It analyzes the similarities and differences of the two groups, as well as the politics of ethnic identification in the People's Republic of China. It suggests that the Moso chief was Pumi by ethnic origin, which explains why the line of succession of the office had practiced marriage instead of tisese.

Keywords:   ethnic identification, marriage, Moso, Naxi, China, Pumi, tisese

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