Ma Wei, Ma Jianzhong, and Kevin Stuart. 1999. The Xunhua Salar Wedding. Asian Folklore Studies 58:31-76.


The Salar, one of China’s fifty-six officially acknowledged nationalities, are a Turkic-speaking Islamic people living primarily in Xunhua Salar Autonomous County in the agricultural area of eastern Qinghai Province. The present article reviews previous Salar wedding studies and describes a wedding in Daxin÷h Agh÷l that includes songs and lengthy wedding speeches in the original Salar with English translation.