Book: ‘Traditional Culture of Li Ethnic Group’
Author: Wang Xueping
Published in Beijing, 2001
Chinese and English
312 pages including 618 color photos; Hardcover with dust jacket and slipcover; 10.5” x 15” or 30 x 45cm
The Li people live in mountainous Hainan Island off the southeast coast of China and have had their rich culture eroded considerably since the photos and information in this book were collected in the 1980’s. Wang Xueping verified the material and collected more in 2000, resulting in this publication. This is the definitive work on the Li ethnic groups’ material culture. It presents all aspects of the culture including: architecture; familial customs; food; dress and ornament; farming, hunting, fishing and gathering; transportation and communications; religion, divination and funeral; tattoo; woodwork, weaving and pottery; music, dance and sports; with a final section on brocade patterns and the dragon quilts.