An Anthropological Study of Naxi’s Censer--Building Ritual Taking Sanba Townships as an Example

  •  Yihua Yang    
  •  Yin Zhou    


Naxi families with censers in their courtyards burn joss sticks to pray for blessing on the first and fifteenth day every month as well as in festivals. Naxi’s joss-burning custom is similar to Tibetan’s Weisang ritual, except that the choice of joss sticks is less meticulous and the ritual classics are different. Traditionally, when the Naxi families need to build a censer, they should invite Domba, the priest of Naxi ethnic minority, to divine, build, remove dirty, burn the first joss, and recite the classics. This paper would analyze Naxi’s joss sticks burning custom on the base of the censer-building in Dongba village of Sanba Township.

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  • ISSN(Print): 1916-9655
  • ISSN(Online): 1916-9663
  • Started: 2009
  • Frequency: semiannual

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