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Limusishiden (Li Dechun 李得春) with Charles Kevin Stuart. 2010. Mongghulni Jilaguni Da Adal. [Mongghul Memories and Lives]. Asian Highlands Perspectives Volume 8.

Limusishiden (b. 1968) describes his lived experiences and recollections related to language, education, traditional beliefs, and folklore; provides details of his parents, three paternal aunts, and paternal grandparents' lives; describes Tughuan (Tuguan 土官) Village; and reports on a visit to Jija Nuri (Jijialing 吉家岭) Village in 2007 and its rapid cultural transformation, providing unique insights into Mongghul (Tu 土; Monguor) life in Huzhu 互助 Mongghul Autonomous County, Haidong 海东 Region, Qinghai 青海 Province, PR China in the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

ACCLAIM

This important account of Tuguan Village and the surrounding areas brings a richly textured knowledge of the twentieth century lived experience of this multi-ethnic community. For Tibetan Studies in particular, the Tu/ Mongghul world has often been assumed to have been a Tibetan Buddhist world; Mongghul incarnations of the Lcang skya and Tukwuan (Tuguan) Lamas are mistakenly discussed as though they were no different than ethnic Tibetans. Dr. Limusishiden's narrative makes clear that the area under the control of the Tuguan lama was distinctly Mongghul. Hopefully, Tibetan scholars will explore what this might tell us about the distinctive contributions of this ethnicity to Tibetan religious literature and life (they remain active in Tibetan Buddhist monasteries today). Other fascinating aspects of this study include the demographics, including sparse human populations threatened by wolves in the region as late as the 1940s; and the social lives of the community, especially the details of marital relations, the difficult lives of women, and the material and oral culture of the region. A wonderful read and a fitting tribute to the memory of this important scholar and doctor. --Gray Tuttle, Leila Hadley Luce Assistant Professor of Modern Tibetan Studies, Columbia University

Mongghul Memories and Lives is a unique work of auto-ethnography penned by a member of the Mongghul (Tu) ethnic group of northwest China. Through personal narrative, anecdote, and rigorous annotation, Dr. Limusishiden relates the family folklore of several generations of his relatives, intertwining minute descriptions of local customs and performance genres with illuminating slices of genealogy and oral history. Spanning pivotal decades of individual and cultural transformations, this richly illustrated account is a resource for future generations of Mongghul people and gives non-locals unique access to a dynamic society located at the crossroads of several cultures. --Mark Bender, The Ohio State University

Mongghul Memories and Lives is a wonderfully eclectic mix of autobiography, ethnography, family history, and descriptive sociolinguistics. The honesty of the straightforward story-telling reaches across the temporal and cultural divide, bringing into plain view a world not well-known to most readers of English. One cannot but be awed by the account of 'rich man' Grandfather's experiences with the Chinese language, and the Chinese state. In this story, but also found in many others in the text, the grand flows of historical change wash against the lived human condition. --Keith Dede, Lewis & Clark College

This remarkable memoir of the inner Asian borderlands includes a rich ethnography of a people and culture on the cusp of major economic and social change. Limusishiden and Kevin Stuart have captured an authentic record of Tu religion, lifestyles, and kinship structures. The project includes descriptions of family relations, household life, calendrical and life cycle rituals. It is carefully annotated and is an authoritative resource for students and scholars of traditional Asia. --Paul Nietupski, John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio

MUXIGU UGO

Ne pujiuri, ndani qinsangni lurijiri zui shdehada taiya aadee aaneehgini guseera kurija. Tensa muxiguni dii nigiijida budahgi sunishidaji gua amahgiingi yiiha. Ndahgini aadee mudeguni luanniijinada ndahgide ganni aaba aamahgina amahgiingi yiiguni budahgidi bu jilaji zangda kileji guigu tigiinga. Hgengiini muni aaba kilesanna jida ganda shduguhgini sgaji gua jang ne Nansan Badii pujiiha. Nansan Badiini muni aaba tailaji hugughawa gina. Aadee da aaneeni budahgi hudu jilani.

Muni aaba xuutang udeda ruaji gua, Qidari ugo gulesada haran kidi nesilaja. Nigeha kunni zhunzhuu, darang sgilini saini. Huina qinsangni ne fulunra gharighawa, sghan rmaangi hguaji ghuji gui, kudu nanhan, mulasla luan tinga sghan adalgida la shdaji gua. Huinog ne ganni bulaihgini pujiu muxi ghara, yiiguadi gunzu yiigu dii yiisge xjiribu adalgi laja. Aaba gan mulasladina ne diidangma Mongghul amahgiingi yiiguni bulaihgidina kijeedinida guleji ghuangi nda ne pujiuni jiurigura hudu yangla shdaja. Aaba jiu tigiinga qi ganla kijeeda handilasa tangxanima jiu kijeedinida ayilidi amakija, ndani qinsangdi nensa muxi amakija tigiina. Ne yiiguala ne huina bu Limusishiden ne Mongghulni jiurigura yangla shdaxja. Hgali ginii muni jinqangii aaba buda mulaslahgidini ganni Mongghulni gule boxi shdagura.

Ghoori menghan fanni huinasa Mongghulni yiiguala bu jilagunsala biilasa yiiguala buraji xna: deelna musilidijin quundina, kunhgi kuduna banka yang nige ghajarishdi xna, yerishdi lalang kun yiiguala ghada ghari xna. Mulahgi ghada dagunla yiiguala tannilida guura szaribatinla jiihunlana. Tinga Mongghul ugoni gulejin dii nige ghoori guseeni kunha shbinzi quundiguna. Haran fansa muxi muulasa Mongghulni yiiguala buragunagisa sgilisa chukiji yiidighana. Niumalang muulasa dii jiu tigii logga, kenmada dangla adaguna ne Mongghulni buragura. Tinga do jiu muulaguni shdasa maliihan mudejin, lailasanhgini nigiiji hura boxiya ginii! Buda jiu tigangi shdaguna.

Ne pujiuni ndani qinsangni Yinyiila jiuriji ne Mongghuldi duralajinhgidi jangjiungi kuji gharigha shdasachuanggiji muulanii! Amagagisa bu Mongghulwa darang Tughuan kunna.