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Rice and Death in Southern China and the Shan States: Transforms in Iconic Grammar

Journal article
Authors Göran Aijmer
Published in Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society
Volume 29
Issue 2
Pages 319-343
ISSN 1356-1863
Publication year 2019
Published at Gothenburg Research Institute (GRI)
Pages 319-343
Language en
Subject categories Social Anthropology


This essay in historical anthropology juxtaposes some rice rituals in southern China with their counterparts in the Shan States of Upper Burma. The approach is one of symbological analysis of iconic codes, and it is suggested here that the two sets of rituals, superficially different, may be seen as morphological transforms of a common cultural semantic pattern. This understanding has a bearing on further explorations of the formation of the wider Southeast Asian field.

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