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Folklore and Ethnology
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In the PRC, folklore studies (minsuxue) and ethnology (minzuxue) are the academic disciplines dedicated to the study of the traditions of the Han and the ethnic minorities and non-Chinese peoples in China, for which a rich body of especially written sources is available. As early as in the historical works of Chinese antiquity there are records about the "mores and customs" (fengsu) of the Han, the traditions of the inhabitants of the "border regions," and about other peoples. However, the passages and chapters in official and unofficial history books, lo…

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Nentwig, Ingo, “Folklore and Ethnology”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 01 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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