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


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

Translated by David Holm and Meng Yuanyao



641 pages



Zhuang Traditional Texts; Volume 1


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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