Butterfly Mother: Miao (Hmong) Creation Epics from Guizhou, China

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Hackett Publishing, Mar 10, 2006 - History - 256 pages
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Butterfly Mother is a  collection of epics from the Miao (Hmong) ethnic group of southwest China. The poetic narratives, traditionally performed by two groups of singers, relate the creation of the world and the peoples and creatures in it. One of the major figures in one series of the songs is Butterfly Mother (Mai Bang), a personified butterfly who lays the eggs that eventually lead to the creation of the local peoples. 

Brimming with cultural lore, Butterfly Mother is a virtual encyclopedia of time-honored myths, legends, and folk customs of the Miao people.
 

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Contents

Prelude
1
Song of Gold and Silver
8
Song of the Ancient Sweet Gum
71
Song of Butterfly Mother
111
The Great Flood
157
Westwards Upriver
169
Notes
189
Selected Bibliography
212
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Mark Bender is Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures, The Ohio State University.

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