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|Title:||Stranger-Kingship and Cosmocracy; or, Sahlins in Southwest China||Authors:||Yongjia, L.||Keywords:||Cosmocracy
|Issue Date:||Jun-2011||Citation:||Yongjia, L. (2011-06). Stranger-Kingship and Cosmocracy; or, Sahlins in Southwest China. Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology 12 (3) : 236-254. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1080/14442213.2010.544325||Abstract:||Major works of the ninth to seventeenth centuries have described the kingship of the Nanzhao and Dali kingdoms (652-1254) of Southwest China. I argue that these narratives may be understood in terms of the modes of identifying and assimilating the cosmological alterity proposed by Marshall Sahlins: 'Stranger-kingship', which depicted the king as a stranger; and 'cosmocracy', which depicted him as a universal ruler- a 'cosmocrator'. While a stranger-king was to some extent an extra-social, guest associated with the wild and untamed, and also partly an affine of the autochthonous people, a cosmocrator was a supra-social, moral host, and envisaged more as a consanguine of the subject people. These two pre-modern ideas of sovereignty are constituent parts of Sahlins's 'elementary forms of the politics of life', so that one cannot be reduced to the other. © 2011 The Australian National University.||Source Title:||Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology||URI:||http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/115297||ISSN:||14442213||DOI:||10.1080/14442213.2010.544325|
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