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Two Thousand Zhuang Proverbs from China with Annotations and Chinese and English Translation


Zhou Yanxian

China is home to one of the largest and oldest societies in the world, and presently contains fifty-six ethnic groups. Among them is the Zhuang, the largest of the minority populations, which partakes in a very long history of preliterate oral traditions. This volume presents an introduction to Zhuang language and culture in Zhuang proverbs. The two thousand proverbs explored in this text bear the weight of Zhuang history and culture, and embody the wisdom collected from publications, manuscripts, and the speeches of the people who live in Zhuang villages. These proverbs are grouped into nine sections: Truths; Morality; Family; Everyday Life; Social Life; Labor; Nature; Customs; and Politics. Together, they form an essential distillation of the Zhuang history, tradition, philosophy, and most importantly, its legacy. This accessible introduction – which includes translations in Zhuang Pinyin letters, Mandarin, and American English for each proverb – provides an important corpus for the study of the Zhuang ethnic group by scholars, students, and others who are interested in Zhuang language, culture, folklore and oral traditions, and proverbs.

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Zhou, Yanxian (Professor), editor, translator. Title: Two thousand Zhuang proverbs from China with annotations and Chinese and English translation / [edited and translated by] Zhou Yanxian. Description: New York: Peter Lang Series: International folkloristics; Volume 11 | ISSN 1528-6533 Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2016014987 | ISBN 978-1-4331-3445-6 (hardcover: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4539-1892-0 (ebook pdf) | ISBN 978-1-4331-3652-8 (epub) ISBN 978-1-4331-3653-5 (mobi) | DOI 10.3726/978-1-4539-1892-0 Subjects: LCSH: Proverbs, Chinese. | Zhuang language. Classification: LCC PN6519.C5 T96 | DDC 398.9/951—dc23 LC record available at Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the “Deutsche Nationalbibliografie”; detailed bibliographic data are available on the Internet at

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