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Jiang Wen

chariots they can drive them, and holding brushes they can write. 12 To have a better understanding of the above two examples as well as the Zhang Shujing tomb-quelling text, we must first explain two common beliefs that prevailed during the Qin-Han periods and in later dynasties. First

Cheng Shaoxuan and Liu Gang

is precisely these received texts that guide the reconstruction and interpretation of these excavated inscriptions. The combination of archaeology and received literature gives us a more complete perspective and a clearer understanding of the origin and belief system behind this custom. More wooden

The Peoples of Northeast Asia through Time

Precolonial Ethnic and Cultural Processes along the Coast between Hokkaido and the Bering Strait

Richard Zgusta

The focus of Richard Zgusta’s The Peoples of Northeast Asia through Time is the formation of indigenous and cultural groups of coastal northeast Asia, including the Ainu, the “Paleoasiatic” peoples, and the Asiatic Eskimo. Most chapters begin with a summary of each culture at the beginning of the colonial era, which is followed by an interdisciplinary reconstruction of prehistoric cultures that have direct ancestor-descendant relationships with the modern ones. An additional chapter presents a comparative discussion of the ethnographic data, including subsistence patterns, material culture, social organization, and religious beliefs, from a diachronic viewpoint. Each chapter includes maps and extensive references.

Ethan Harkness

daybook manuscripts were discovered in tomb 11 of the late Warring States and Qin cemetery at Shuihudi in Yunmeng 雲夢, Hubei. As the first relatively intact manuscripts of this type to become available to scholars in the modern era, they opened an important new window on the study of early Chinese beliefs

Guo Qiyong (郭齊勇)

passage, * Junzi wei li begins by emphasizing Confucius’s belief in restoring humaneness through ritual; i.e. to see humaneness as the substance and ritual its instrument, and to identify the humane and virtuous heart as the basis of ritual adherence. What these two passages additionally share is Yan

Guo Jue

documents as isolatable texts and bodiless beliefs, their immediate mortuary context (i.e., the tomb) and the broader socio-historical context of their genesis have not yet been sufficiently taken into account. This leads to another underexplored aspect of the relocation documents, that is the spatial and

Tian Tian

was a preliminary result of work done under the National Social Science Endowment youth program “Research on the ritual and beliefs of Qin and Han tomb inventories” (Qin Han qiance de liyi yu xinyang yanjiu 秦漢遣策的禮儀與信仰研究), program permit number 16 CZS 038. The article was translated by David Sena 孫大維


Edited by Ildikó Bellér-Hann, Birgit N. Schlyter and Jun Sugawara

Building on the rich scholarly legacy of Gunnar Jarring, the Swedish Turkologist and diplomat, the fourteen contributions by sixteen authors representing a variety of disciplines in the humanities and the social sciences provide an insight into ongoing research trends in Uyghur and Xinjiang Studies. In one way or other all the chapters explore how new research in the fields of history, linguistics, anthropology and folklore can contribute to our understanding of Xinjiang’s past and present, simultaneously pointing to those social and knowledge practices that Uyghurs today can claim as part of their traditions in order to reproduce and perpetuate their cultural identity.
Contributors include: Ildikó Bellér-Hann, Rahile Dawut, Arienne Dwyer, Fredrik Fällman, Chris Hann, Dilmurat Mahmut, Takahiro Onuma, Alexandre Papas, Eric Schluessel, Birgit Schlyter, Joanne Smith Finley, Rune Steenberg Jun Sugawara, Äsäd Sulaiman, Abdurishid Yakup, Thierry Zarcone.

Beáta Wagner-Nagy

origin ( tawiɁ ‘Nganasan’). The ethnonym Nganasan has been in use since the 1930s. However, contrarily to the widely-held view, this is not an endonym. This erroneous belief is based on the supposition that most native peoples in Siberia used the word meaning ‘man, person, human being’ to denote a


Iwona Kraska-Szlenk

geographical environment, material culture and people’s beliefs. Although each chapter in this book is devoted to the same topic of the body part term ‘head’, each is unique, not only because different languages provide original linguistic data and conceptualizations, but also because the authors analyze a