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The Burial and Funeral Rituals of the Daur of China

[Pogrebal’no-pominal’naia obriadnost’ daurov Kitaia]

Type of publication: Research Article

Submitted: 11.05.2016

Accepted: 17.01.2017

About author(s)

Bazar Tsybenov | http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0404-7207 | bazar75@mail.ru | Institute for Mongolian, Buddhist and Tibetan Studies, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (6 Sakhyanovoy St., Ulan-Ude, Republic of Buryatia, 670047, Russia)


Daur, Dagur, China, burial, funeral, rituals, mourning


The article discusses the burial and funeral rituals that are conducted among the Daur of China from the moment a person dies until the point when the mourning stops. Drawing on both fieldwork and comparative research data, I attempt to examine the lesser known aspects of the rituals. For comparative purposes, both historical data on mediaeval peoples and contemporary data on Mongolian, Chinese, and Manchu-Tungus ethnic groups have been used. Even though the Daur burial and funeral rituals manifest a number of features that appear common among the neighbor peoples as well, still they remain unique and have their distinctive facets that can be traced to their early origins.

Funding Information

This research was supported by the following institutions and grants:
Russian Foundation for Humanities, https://doi.org/10.13039/100009094 [grant no. 15-21-03004]


Tsybenov, B.D. 2017. Pogrebal’no-pominal’naia obriadnost’ daurov Kitaia [The Burial and Funeral Rituals of the Daur of China]. Etnograficheskoe obozrenie 5: 142-158

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