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

October 31, 2020
Butterfly Mother: Miao (Hmong) Creation Epics from Guizhou, China (Hackett Classics)

Butterfly Mother is a collection of epic songs from therich oral tradition of the Miao (Hmong) people of southwest China.These poetic narratives, traditionally performed by two groups ofsingers, relate the creation of a world in which everything isalive, and listeners find that besides mountains, rivers, trees,and creatures, inanimate objects are also 'born' and have spirits.In his engaging introduction, Mark Bender places these mythicnarratives in their social and historical context, describing theworkings and traditions of Miao society.Brimming with cultural lore, Butterfly Mother is a virtualencyclopedia of time-honored myths, legends, and folk customs ofthe Miao people.