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University of Oregon

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Spring 2013

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China: Language, Cultures, and Ethnic Minorities


I have amassed data related to the changes undergone by the Dongba religion and its effects on local Naxi culture in the Eya, Baidi, Tacheng/Weixi County, and Lijiang communities. Each district was unique in that their religious practices and participation by the community was radically different as a result of outside influence (or lack thereof) as evidenced by how the religion is passed on through the generations and how the religion is publicly represented through art. As Naxi culture and the Dongba religion have already undergone an incredible amount of changes (especially the declining number of the Dongba religion’s religious experts), new facilities and modes of education have sprung up to help Dongba religion continue into the modern era.


Asian Studies | Comparative Methodologies and Theories | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion | Social and Cultural Anthropology


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