Aijmer, Göran. Erasing the dead in Kaixiangong: ancestry and cultural transforms in southern China

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Erasing the dead in Kaixiangong: ancestry and cultural transforms in southern China

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Cambridge journal of China studies -- Vol. 10, no. 2

Published By: Original publisher Cambridge journal of China studies -- Vol. 10, no. 2 [Cambridge, UK]: [University of Cambridge]. 2015. 38-52 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Göran Aijmer

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2020. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Han Chinese (AE15)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Theoretical orientation in research and its results (121); Domesticated animals (231); Cereal agriculture (243); Textile industries (288); Kinship terminology (601); Lineages (613); Burial practices and funerals (764); Cult of the dead (769); Spirits and gods (776); Sacred objects and places (778); Prayers and sacrifices (782); Ritual (788);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This is an examination of the ancestral cult at Kaixiangong, based on the foundational ethnography by Fei Xiaotong (1946). The author comments on the absence of village ancestral halls, the shallow genealogies of the villagers (five generations), and the above-ground cemetery among the mulberry trees growing on the dykes separating the rice fields. He also notes the importance of the stove god who protects the domestic sphere of married-in women and, by association, their natal (cognominal) agnates. These facts are seen as indicating the relative importance of affines in the village's dual economy of rice cultivation and silkworm production.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 96

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. ae15-096

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Journal Article

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 52)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document not applicable

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Ethnologist-4

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Ian Skoggard; 2019

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1936

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Kaixiangong, Wujiang, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Peasantry--China--Yangtze River Valley//Yangtze Valley--Social life and customs//Villages--China--Yangtze River Valley


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