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Butterfly Mother

Miao (Hmong) Creation Epics from Guizhou, China

Butterfly Mother by Mark Bender
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Butterfly Mother is a collection of epic songs from the rich oral tradition of the Miao (Hmong) people of southwest China. These poetic narratives, traditionally performed by two groups of singers, relate the creation of a world in which everything is alive, and listeners find that besides mountains, rivers, trees, and creatures, inanimate objects are also 'born' and have spirits. In his engaging introduction, Mark Bender places these mythic narratives in their social and historical context, describing the workings and traditions of Miao society.

Brimming with cultural lore, Butterfly Mother is a virtual encyclopedia of time-honored myths, legends, and folk customs of the Miao people.

Mark Bender is Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures, The Ohio State University.

Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.; September 2006
258 pages; ISBN 9781603840187
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Title: Butterfly Mother
Author: Mark Bender; Jin Dan; Ma Xueliang