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Goddess on the Frontier: Religion, Ethnicity, and Gender in Southwest China

Megan Bryson


This book follows the transformations of the goddess Baijie, a deity worshiped in the Dali region of southwest China’s Yunnan Province, to understand how local identities developed in a Chinese frontier region from the twelfth century to the twenty-first. Dali, a region where the cultures of China, India, Tibet, and Southeast Asia converge, has long served as a nexus of religious interaction even as its status has changed. Once the center of independent kingdoms, it was absorbed into the Chinese imperial sphere with the Mongol conquest and remained there ever since. Goddess on the Frontier exa ... More

Keywords: goddess, frontier, religion, gender, ethnicity, China, Dali, Yunnan, Southwest China

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780804799546
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804799546.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Megan Bryson, author
University of Tennessee