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Hanvueng: The Goose King and the Ancestral King: An Epic From Guangxi in Southern China.

9789004285613

Hanvueng: The Goose King and the Ancestral King: An Epic From Guangxi in Southern China

Translated by David Holm and Meng Yuanyao

BRILL

2015

641 pages

$242.00

Hardcover

Zhuang Traditional Texts; Volume 1

PL4251

Holm and Yuanyao present an annotated translation of a traditional Zhuang text, a long narrative song that is current in the western part of Guangxi province and contiguous parts of Guizhou and Yunnan. They explain that Zhuang is written in borrowed and modified Chinese characters, but the script is not standardized, and varies from place to place, causing difficulties for translators. This translation adds to the knowledge about the language and the script, they say. They follow the translation with an interliner transcription showing the Zhuang character, pronunciation, transcription into Latin characters, and English translation. Other support includes textual and ethnographic notes, glossary and concordance, Chinese character index, and photographic reproductions of the manuscript pages. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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