Journal | Bhasha
Monographic journal issue | 2 | 1 | 2023
Research Article | An Ethnolinguistic Remark on the fēiyī 飛衣

An Ethnolinguistic Remark on the fēiyī 飛衣


This paper inquires the relationship between two Trans-Himalayan languages, namely Lohorung (Eastern Kiranti) and Old Chinese (Sinitic) by comparing their ‘soul’-related vocabulary. Several identified etymological cognates and rather unexpected parallels between the Lohorung maŋsuʔ ‘household shrine’ and the fēiyī 飛衣 ‘flying garment’ (i.e. T-shaped silk banner) excavated at the Mǎwángduī 馬王堆 site may in turn just add another perspective in understanding the function and meaning of this controversially discussed archaeological find.

Open access | Peer reviewed

Submitted: Nov. 22, 2022 | Accepted: March 21, 2023 | Published June 26, 2023 | Language: en

Keywords KirantiMaŋsuʔEtymological cognatesT-shaped Silk BannerMǎwángduīOld Chinese

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