South of the Clouds: Tales from Yunnan by Lucien MillerSouth of the Clouds: Tales from Yunnan by Lucien Miller

South of the Clouds: Tales from Yunnan

EditorLucien MillerTranslated byGuo Xu, Lucien Miller

Paperback | December 1, 1994

Pricing and Purchase Info


Earn 212 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


The tales included here represent all of Yunnan Province?s officially designated ethnic minorities, and include creation myths, romances, historical legends, tales explaining natural phenomena, ghost stories, and festival tales. The tales are peopled by memorable characters, such as the Tibetan mother who, reborn as a cow, comforts and helps her daughter into her harsh life as a slave girl; the two Kucong sisters who marry snakes; and the bodiless Lahu ?head-baby? who grows up to win one of the earth-god Poyana?s daughters in marriage. Chosen for their representativeness, aesthetic appeal, and variety, the stories provide rich examples of the folk traditions of Southwest China.

South of the Clouds includes introductions and an appendix which describe the places and people of Yunnan, analyzethe literary and psychological characteristics of their stories, give the sources of the tales, and explain the methodolgy of collecting folk literature in China.

Title:South of the Clouds: Tales from YunnanFormat:PaperbackDimensions:342 pages, 1 × 1 × 0.89 inPublished:December 1, 1994Publisher:UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON PRESS

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:029597348X

ISBN - 13:9780295973487

Look for similar items by category:


Editorial Reviews

The translation is outstanding. I know of no translation of Chinese folk literature that can rival it.

- David Knechtges , editor and translator of Wen Xuan, or Selections from Refined Literature