ASIAN HIGHLANDS PERSPECTIVES Volume 13: Warming Your Hands by G.yu lha

By G.yu lha

Lavrung is a bit studied Qiangic language spoken via a small workforce of Tibetans in Rangtang County, Aba Tibetan and Qiang self sustaining Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China. This paintings presents the 1st monographic creation to Lavrung Tibetans and their language and tradition, targeting using trilingual (Lavrung, chinese language, and Tibetan) figurative speech in villagers' daily discourse. heritage on neighborhood oral traditions, together with folktales, riddles, paintings songs, and mystery healing chants, can be supplied. A Lavrung-English thesaurus, fifty-six full-color pictures, and a number of other maps displaying the positioning and distribution of Lavrung-speaking groups also are included.

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No formal process •42• terminates a marriage. The person wishing to terminate the relationship simply stops going to assist the other's family when laborers are required. The traditional marriage form is increasingly uncommon. Younger villagers today, especially those with formal education or official government jobs, are more likely to hold a small party to celebrate their marriage, to cohabit afterwards, and to have fewer extra-marital relationships. •43• PART TWO: FOLK NARRATIVES •45• Introduction Folktales are told in Siyuewu Village in both Lavrung and A mdo Tibetan.

The story is finished. The Helpless Nomad59 Long ago a nomad traveled, making pilgrimages here and there. Once he traveled to an agricultural place and stayed in the home of a farmer who spoke Tibetan poorly. The farmer cooked green soybeans60 for dinner. 1978). Told by 'Brug skyid (b. 1944). 60 Green soybeans that are almost ripe and very green are a favorite dish. The green outer shell and a thin inner white shell are peeled and then the soft bean is eaten. •55• 59 not know how to eat the soybeans and was too embarrassed to ask.

Khang gcig dang po la nyal nag sha za khrag thung yod. Gnyis pa la nyal na gnam du rdib. Gsum pa la nyal na ro khang yin. I don't know where you want to sleep. If you sleep in the first room, there is a flesh-eating bloodsucker there. " Hearing the farmer's description of the three rooms, the nomad could hardly believe his ears. He thought that the flesh-eating bloodsucker's room sounded less dangerous than the falling sky and corpses. Besides, he thought, he had his sword to protect himself. He dared not close his eyes when he went to his room, afraid that the flesh-eating bloodsucker would appear.

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