The Bridal Boat

The Bridal Boat: Traditional Marriage Customs of China's Fifty-five Ethnic Minorities. The Bridal Boat describes, in great detail, the marriage traditions of China's fifty-five ethnic minorities, from the Uygur tradition of the groom shooting the bride with a blunt arrow to the Hani custom of pelting the groom with olives. The book contributes to our understanding of China's minority nationalities and their rites of passage. In China ethnic groups with cultural characteristics that clearly distinguish them form other groups are called "minority nationalities." They differ from the majority of Chinese, who are members of the Han nationality, in language, tradition, race, or religion. The marriage ceremonies of the Chinese minorities, like such practices anywhere, are important rites of passage. Birth, puberty, marriage, and death are recognized as important events in the lives of these peoples. All known cultures seem to need, in varying degrees, to mark all or some of these changes in an individual's status. The rituals help a person understand and accept his or her new position.

  • New Paperback 13*21 cm, 204 pp.


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ISBN: 7800051803
Shipping Weight: 0.6lbs
Publisher: New World Press
Published: 1993

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