Kevin Stuart kevin.stuart at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jan 15 09:41:42 UTC 2012

The editors of Asian Highlands Perspectives are pleased to announce the
publication of three new volumes, available free online:




and as at-cost hard copies:




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Silence in the Valley of Songs: Work Songs from the Sman shod Valley

The text and more than a hundred full-page color plates document Tibetan
folk music (particularly work songs), and local life in Sman shod Valley,
Sde dge County, Dkar mdzes Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province,
China. Bo nyed, a local elder, describes the situation that motivated this
timely documentation, "In the past we sang constantly, but now people don't
sing no matter where they are or what they are doing. Now everyone is
silent." The text includes richly contextualized and annotated
transcriptions of the songs' Tibetan lyrics with English translations.


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Warming Your Hands With Moonlight: Lavrung Tibetan Oral Traditions and

Lavrung is a little studied Qiangic language spoken by a small group of
Tibetans in Rangtang County, Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture,
Sichuan Province, China. This work provides the first monographic
introduction to Lavrung Tibetans and their language and culture, focusing on
the use of trilingual (Lavrung, Chinese, and Tibetan) figurative speech in
villagers' everyday discourse. Background on local oral traditions,
including folktales, riddles, work songs, and secret curative chants, is
also provided. A Lavrung-English word list, fifty-six full-color
photographs, and several maps showing the location and distribution of
Lavrung-speaking communities are also included.


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May All Good Things Gather Here: Life, Religion, and Marriage in a Mi nyag
Tibetan Village

This work documents marriage customs and related oral traditions in Bang
smad Village, Bang smad Township, Nyag rong County, Dkar mdzes Tibetan
Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China. Villagers speak the poorly
documented Mi nyag language. This study provides novel linguistic and
ethnographic data, including a Mi nyag-English word list, maps showing the
distribution of Mi nyag-speaking communities, and numerous full-color
photographs of village life and wedding festivities. Of special interest are
the transcribed wedding speeches locally given in Mi nyag and Tibetan.


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