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Mythology and Folklore of the Hui, A Muslim Chinese People

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Preface Introduction Photographic Glimpses of Hui Life 1. The First Ancestors of Hui Muslims Adan and Haowa--First Version Adan and Haowa--Second Version Adan and Haierma--Third Version 2. Muhammad and His Companions Origin of the Jujube Dates To Earn One's Livelihood Potato Story The Mule and the Horse The Festival of Ascent The Ashula Meal 3. The Quests of Culture Heroes and Saviors Adang Brings Fire Sai Dianchi and the Dragons Lilang Subdues the Dragon The Sun Advises Horse Brother the Cultivator The Raising of Bogota Mountain Luguma Reverts to Hunting Breeding the Yanqi Horse The Phoenix and Her City The Golden Pheasant Xueda and Yinlin Duoer Tea Rhinoceros Cave Naxigaer The Wonderful Doctor Ma Ahong 4. Glimpses of Paradise and Wealth The Straw Rope Valley In Search of the Golden Sparrow The Serpent Grandfather's Treasure Chest About Mibo Mountain The Water Pearl Water Treasure The Wind-quieting Needle The Wind-quieting Pearl The Osmanthus Tree on the Moon 5. Islam and Other Religions Why Has the Phoenix Gone? Abudu and the Devil The Devil Troubles and Oil Store The Dragon Tablet The Dragon Dish The Story of Winding River Why the Teapots are Hung Tilted Lotus Pedestals in the Mosque A Temple Appeared from Nowhere The North Pagoda Tomb of an Unknown Ahong at Twenty-Li Place Ahong Shanbaba and the Hui Graveyard 6. Muslims Under the Emperor The Number One Scholar Fir Trees Personal Visit at Niujie Street Muslims, Peace and Happiness Forever! Bai Shuyu and His Mutton Fries The Golden Foot Mosque 7. Origins of the Hui Nationality Wan Gars Hui Beginnings The Hui People of Lingzhou The Origin of the Hui People Why do the Hui People "Chase Horse" at Weddings? Hui and Han Are Relatives Do Not Listen to the Hui 8. Hui Leaders With and Against the Empire Young Sanbao Helps Capture a Corrupt Official Eunuch Sanbao at the Welcoming Pavilion Du Wensiu's Rebellion Rhymed Couplets Du Wenxiu Becomes Commander Crossing the Yang River Du Wenxiu Executes a Close Official The Peacock Gallbladder 9. Family Affairs Musa Yinbolaxi The Stone Monkey The Ugly Mother The Origin of the Jiaozi Alley An Evil Woman Colorful Stones Four Sons of Aisima Nuha and Suoli A Small Wooden Bowl A Clever Wife 10. Love and Courtship Not to Die Until One Sees Huang He The Black Moss Girl Mansuer The Zither Master Hasang Asking Permission The Fifth Daughter Yaya and the Golden Sparrow 11. Poor and Rich--Good and Bad Alifu and Erbudu Saierdong's Stick A Clever Mania To Borrow Sheep The Treasure Pan Gold Could Not Buy Zhang Sanwa The Masons' Wise Revenge Carrying Mud Little Kalimu The Fairy Maiden's Descent 12. Social Satire Three Gold Bricks What Do They Respect? A Magistrate Judges a Case The Treasure Mirror Terrible Worms 13. Tricksters and Wise Guys Abudu Goes Fishing Abudu Digs for Gold Abudu Washes Mud Bricks Abudu Apologizes Abudu Gives Alms Suoli's Story Sailimai Asks the Way Sailimai Goes to an Examination Sailimai's Four Precious Things Yimamu Questions a Stone Yimamu Examines a Corpse Yimamu Questions a Hen The Donkey Knows Its Way Pushing the Millstone A Hui Fool 14. Stories About Animals The Tiger and the Hare The Hare and the Dog Why Dogs Bark at Cats The Monkey and the Turtle The Leaking Pot Why Swallows are Befriended with Humankind The Ahong Who Saved a Snake Why People Do Not Understand Animals A Soldier Understood the Skylarks Bibliography Index

About the Author

Li Shujiang is Vice President of the University of Ningxia and Director of its Research Center for Hui Nationality Literature. He is the author of Hui Folk Stories; A Historical Outline of Hui Folk Literature; and Hui Culture and Literature; and co-editor of the Encyclopedia of the Chinese Hui. Karl W. Luckert is Professor of History of Religions at Southwest Missouri State University. He is the author of Egyptian Light and Hebrew Fire: Theological and Philosophical Roots of Christendom in Evolutionary Perspective, also published by SUNY Press.


"Not only does this amazing corpus contribute much to our understanding of the tremendous cultural and religious variety found within both Chinese and Islamic societies, but it challenges our conceptions and compartmentalizations of each." - Dru C. Gladney, University of Southern California "There is no comparable study of the Hui in a Western language. It will help break down the monolithic image we still have of China by bringing to light the vibrant cultural world of a minority people." - Gary L. Ebersole, The University of Chicago

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