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Title:Wuguxiang Festival 1
Documentation of the Southern Tujia Language of China
Contributor (consultant):Xiang Minhao
Description:This section introduces a very popular festival which is called Wuguxiangjie. Wuxiang in Chinese literally means “five fragrant crops”. This refers to the fragrance of rice, wheat, corn, buckwheat and beans. The festival is normally celebrated in lunar October after the harvest with dances. The rites in this festival are a mixture of Buddhism and Taoism. Professional Taoist priests are invited to offer sacrifice, divine and burn incense paper to show their sincerity. Tiaoxiangjie is shaped into two forms according to the scale of the rites and their duration. One is called Tiaoxiaoxiang; the other is Tiaodaxiang. Tiaoxiaoxiang, literally means dancing in a small scale. Tiaodaxiang, literally means dancing in a large scale. Tiaoxiaoxiang lasts one night and includes the Buddhist rites of burning incense paper. Tiaodaxiang lasts three days and nights. Taoist priests are invited to perform over a dozen Taoist rites. Normally, Tiaoxiaoxiang and Tiaodaxiang alternate every other year.
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.
Identifier (URI):https://lat1.lis.soas.ac.uk/ds/asv?openpath=MPI927863%23
Publisher:Shixuan Xu
Institute of Ethnology & Anthropology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Southern Tujia language
Tujia, Southern
Subject (ISO639):tjs


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Citation: Xiang Minhao (consultant). 2005-04. Shixuan Xu.
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Country: China
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