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An Ethnolinguistic Remark on the fēiyī 飛衣

Simon Hürlimann    Universität Bern, Schweiz    

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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.

Pubblicato
26 Giugno 2023
Accettato
21 Marzo 2023
Presentato
22 Novembre 2022
Lingua
EN

Keywords: Etymological cognatesKirantiOld ChineseMǎwángduīMaŋsuʔT-shaped Silk Banner

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