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Title:Making Baba (Glutinous Rice Cakes)
Documentation of the Southern Tujia Language of China
Contributor (consultant):Xiang Qingchun
Shi Zeying
Chen Jiuxiang
Contributor (researcher):Shixuan Xu
Description:This section explains the procedure for making a type of glutinous rice cake called baba, which is a traditional delicacy of the Tujia. The procedure and customs of making baba are introduced through a live video, teaching young people how to make it. The Tujia make baba during important festivals such as the Tujia New Year, the lunar February 15, April 8, May 5, July 15 and the Tiaoxiang Festival in October. To make baba, soak raw glutinous rice in water to make it softer, and then steam it. When it is steamed and hot, prepare the glutinous rice and pound it thoroughly with a wooden mallet. After it is well pounded and has become dough, knead it, shape it into flat cakes, and store it in the open air. Steam it again before serving. The glutinous rice can have different filling such as green bean, sesame and so on. Every Tujia family has a stone mortar for making baba. The stone mortar and wooden mallet need to be washed thoroughly before making the cakes and some water should be sprayed on them before starting the pounding process. By spreading some sesame flour on the board, the hands and the kneaded baba. you can keep the dough from becoming too sticky.
Summary of deposit Southern Tujia (土家. ISO-639: tjs) is a tonal Tibeto-Burman language spoken in a small number of villages in the mountainous Wuling Range of the western Hunan and Hubei provinces of central south China.There are around 6 million Tujia people, however only a small number of these speak the Southern Tujia variant. The Northern variant (ISO-639: tji) is more widely spoken. This collection will contain data on language structure, phonological, lexical, and grammatical features. There will also be audio recordings of natural speech and folk literature. The aim is for this collection to contain the maximum amount of information about the language and about traditional culture expressed through the language, and to document other aspects of the language for which inadequate information exists. As part of the collection there will also be a reference grammar, a Tujia-Chinese-English dictionary, and corpora of traditional oral literature, which will be useful for both linguists and the speaker community, will be produced. Chinese will be used as the explanatory language in the grammars, and as the translation language for texts. Group represented Tujia (Bizika) people, China. Language information Southern Tujia (土家) is a Tibeto-Burman language spoken in the mountainous areas of central south China, and has no literary tradition or adequate documentation. It currently is in the final phase of an apparently inexorable decline: the number of native speakers is less than 1000, and almost every remaining speaker is bilingual in Tujia and Chinese.
One of the languages for this actor is listed as: Semi-Chinese
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Identifier (URI):https://lat1.lis.soas.ac.uk/ds/asv?openpath=MPI927845%23
Publisher:Shixuan Xu
Institute of Ethnology & Anthropology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Southern Tujia language
Tujia, Southern
Undetermined language
Subject (ISO639):tjs


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Citation: Xiang Qingchun (consultant); Shi Zeying (consultant); Quita (consultant); Chen Jiuxiang (consultant); Shixuan Xu (researcher). 2005-04. Shixuan Xu.
Terms: area_Asia country_CN iso639_tjs iso639_und

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Country: China
Area: Asia

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