It is a remarkably cautious learn of a bit recognized Tibetan coming-of-age ritual as nonetheless practiced in rural Amdo, Qinghai Province, China. Structural research is complemented by means of a case examine in keeping with observations, interviews, recordings, and real folklore fabric within the unique language. images, tables, and a thesaurus entire the paintings. this can be box anthropology at its best.
--Juha Janhunen, Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures, college of Helsinki

The achievements of this ebook are many: it really is analytically rigorous, wealthy in contextualized element, and interesting in subject material. The authors' various backgrounds and strengths are manifested all through this really collaborative paintings which follows an important ceremony of passage within the lifetime of a 13 year-old Tibetan woman. For all students of Tibetan tradition and society, and for any scholar of ethnography drawn to studying find out how to completely record a ritual, this publication can be of significant curiosity and lasting use.
--Mark Turin Director, electronic Himalaya venture & international Oral Literature undertaking, college of Cambridge

This is a vital contribution to Tibetan ethnography. The learn is predicated on cautious fieldwork, research, creation, and translation of correct myths and literary compositions, and finished description of middle parts of Tibetan neighborhood existence. the worth of the paintings is that the learn of a distinctively Tibetan women's ritual is properly and entirely offered in its personal context. it's a specific list of an endangered tradition.
--Paul ok Nietupski, John Carroll University

This learn has nice worth in studying intimately the coming-of-age ritual of women in one Tibetan village, hence offering a window in which to raised view and comprehend community-based existence, that's quickly to alter within the face of China-wide modernization.
--Huadan Zhaxi, Humbolt collage

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After offering liquor to the A zhang, the sha nye welcome them to the meal room. Two male helpers are responsible for inviting the guests to the meal room, while others offer tea and the foods described above. Then rice cooked with butter, sugar, gro ma, and raisins is served. The helpers repeatedly offer these foods. After the meal, the sha nye leader leads them to the party room, where they sit in the center double rows. •53• Welcoming Paternal Relatives and Friends and Offering Food The 'grul ba and family friends are the second group of guests to arrive.

The hairdresser sits behind the girl. Female children who are about the age of the bag ma age sit on both sides. Other village females sit crowded around them. yang 'bod while the women and 30 This common scripture praises a female protective deity, Dpal ldan lha mo, in order to receive her protection. •35• the girls sing the hair changing song with the hairdresser. Tshe ring skyid, the singer from whom this version of the hair changing song was recorded, is a native of Brag dmar nang, born in 1946.

The A zhang first refuse to take them, but the helpers and family offer them repeatedly and at last, they take two or three bottles of liquor. This is called bro chang (liquor provisions). Then all the helpers and the family escort them about 300 meters away from the home. THE GIRL'S FAMILY OFFERS LIQUOR, CIGARETTES, AND FOOD TO THE HELPERS Helpers did not eat or drink much during the ceremony and have worked hard to make the party successful by being attentive to the guests' needs. For these reasons, the family •59• offers a small banquet to all the helpers after the A zhang leave.

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