Death and Funerals among the Minhe Tu (Monguor)
Posted on 25. May, 2009 by James Miller in Lamas
|Title||Death and Funerals among the Minhe Tu (Monguor)|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1992|
|Authors||Stuart, Kevin, and Hu Jun|
|Journal||Asian Folklore Studies|
Death and proper funeral ceremonies are a serious business for Minhe Tu, because, improperly treated, a deceased will be certain to cause trouble. Lamas have to be buried differently from non-lamas; those who die from natural deaths, differently from those who die from unnatural deaths-which, in the Minhe Tu frame-work, includes the deaths of children, pregnant women, and young unmarried people. Despite the Cultural Revolution and present-day legislation aimed at changing Tu funeral practices, the latter continue to be practiced.