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The Mule Caravans of Western Yunnan

An Oral History of the Muleteers of Zhaozhou

Ma Jianxiong and Ma Cunzhao

Mule caravans established a network across physical, political, and ethnic boundaries that integrated Southwest China, Southeast Asia, and Tibet. This article is a first exploration of this little-known mobile network. Based mainly on oral history, it focuses on the mule caravans based in Zhaozhou in western Yunnan from the late Qing to the 1940s, when the first motor roads were constructed. The investigation assembles horse and mule technologies and trade organization in detail in order to reconstruct the role and standing of transporters and their networks in local society, in the regional setting, in a volatile political environment, and in the face of challenging natural conditions.

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The Firedrake

Local Society and Train Transport in Zhejiang Province in the 1930s

Ding Xianyong

The Hangzhou-Jiangshan railway across Zhejiang province was built in the early 1930s, connecting the mountainous interior to the coastal area. The construction in the context of military strategy enjoyed high government attention and was implemented with personnel and a workforce brought into the area. Drawing on literary writings, archival documents, and oral histories, this article traces the range of attitudes, reactions, and activities among the inhabitants of rural towns and villages in the area of Quzhou and Jinhua as well as migrants who had left for cities such as Shanghai and Hangzhou. The name “redrake” created by locals captures attitudes of mingled apprehension in the fact that a dragon, which is always associated with water, becomes a re-creature; curiosity and excitement in the association with dragon lantern processions; and practical usefulness in the closeness to the train that is literally a “re-vehicle” in Chinese.

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Ann Grodzins Gold

Ann Grodzins Gold, Bhrigupati Singh, Farhana Ibrahim, Edward Simpson, and Kirin Narayan

within the bounded domain of a deity. My turn to ecological issues began with these ‘sacred groves’, but I soon realized the limits of this approach. Accordingly, my fieldwork shifted gradually but radically as I began to gather oral histories of

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Erick White

difficult to write since possession is not generally a topic considered worth documenting by local intellectuals, historians, or religious specialists. Beyond oral histories, for example, there is little data available for reconstructing, even if only

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The Religious Foundations of Capoeira Angola

The Cosmopolitics of an Apparently Non-religious Practice

Sergio González Varela

and resistance. Another important figure among the ancestors in capoeira Angola is Besouro Preto, the ‘black beetle’. Besouro, a character that first appeared in the oral history of Salvador during the early twentieth century, was a man who current

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Eileen Barker

Linda Woodhead, James T. Richardson, Martyn Percy, Catherine Wessinger, and Eileen Barker

oral history project with surviving Branch Davidians, which has produced three autobiographies. Since we have often roomed together at conferences, I know that wherever Eileen travels in the world, she visits and interviews members of NRMs. She

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Ayse Serap Avanoglu, Diana Riboli, Juan Javier Rivera Andía, Annalisa Butticci, Iain R. Edgar, Matan Shapiro, Brooke Schedneck, Mark Sedgwick, Suzane de Alencar Vieira, Nell Haynes, Sara Farhan, Fabián Bravo Vega, Marie Meudec, Nuno Domingos, Heidi Härkönen, Sergio González Varela, and Nathanael Homewood

written history (archives, newspapers, court cases) and oral history or ethnography could have been considered in this research. In this way, testimonies of the elderly in the Caribbean could have been added to the study of ‘obeah prosecutions from the

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J. D. Y. Peel

Marloes Janson, Wale Adebanwi, David Pratten, Ruth Marshall, Stephan Palmié, Amanda Villepastour, and J. D. Y. Peel

Edited by Richard Fardon and Ramon Sarró

histories, Ijesha itan , the oral histories or charters of social institutions such as title holders, lineages, and communities, remained important at the time of John’s study. A central feature of chieftaincy itan was their paradigmatic quality in