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Flows and Frontiers: Landscape and Cultural Dynamics on the Northeast Tibetan Plateau
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, The Hugo Valentin Centre.
2014 (English)In: Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, ISSN 1444-2213, E-ISSN 1740-9314, Vol. 15, no 1, 1-25 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This article investigates cultural dynamics on the northeast Tibetan Plateau with a case study of the Mangghuer people of the Sanchuan (Three Valleys) Region of Minhe Hui and Tu Autonomous County (Qinghai Province, China). I focus on models of spatialisation'the ways in which the physical landscape is perceived, conceptualised and made meaningful. In the Mangghuer context, such models basically construe the landscape as being enlivened by flows and accumulations of positive and negative energies or entities. After providing a detailed description of this model, I attempt to locate it within a wider comparative framework of three broad models of spatialisation employed on the Tibetan Plateau: geomantic; mandalic; and itinerant. Based on this examination, I argue that the cultural dynamics of the region are not based on ethnic distinctions, but rather on the transportation of models across ethnic and other boundaries.

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2014. Vol. 15, no 1, 1-25 p.
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Mangghuer (Monguor, Tu), Tibetan Plateau, Cultural Dynamics, Flow, Frontier, Landscape
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-220304DOI: 10.1080/14442213.2013.858765ISI: 000330692300001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-220304DiVA: diva2:705527
Available from: 2014-03-17 Created: 2014-03-12 Last updated: 2014-03-17Bibliographically approved

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