Mapping the Monguor

From the editors of Asian Highlands Perspectives (G. Roche and C.K. Stuart):

The editors of Asian Highlands Perspectives are pleased to announce the publication of our latest volume (#36), titled Mapping the Monguor.

Nearly ten years in the making, this book focuses on the people officially referred to in China as the Tu and more commonly known in the West as the Monguor. The Tu live mostly in Qinghai and Gansu provinces, on the northeast Tibetan Plateau. The thirteen contributions in this collection shed new light on diversity among the Monguor, challenging representations that treat them as a homogenous category. This mapping of cultural and linguistic diversity is organized according to the three territories where the Monguor live: the Duluun Lunkuang ‘The Seven Valleys’, where the Mongghul language is spoken; Sanchuan ‘The Three Valleys’, where the Mangghuer language is spoken; and Khre tse Bzhi ‘The Four Estates’, where the Bonan language is spoken. In addition to mapping diversity among the Monguor in terms of these territories, we also map the project of the contemporary Chinese state and Western observers to describe and classify the Monguor. Consisting of translations of valuable source materials as well as original research articles, this book is an essential reference work for Tibetologists, Sinologists, Mongolists, and all those interested in cultural and linguistic diversity in Asia. Includes maps, images, references, article abstracts, and a list of non-English terms with original scripts.

Mapping the Monguor is available as a free download at:

…and can be purchased as an at-cost hardback for 21USD at:


1. The Origin of the Monguor – Cui Yongzhong, Zhang Dezu, and Du Changshun; translated by Keith Dede

2. The Fourth Qinghai Provincial Tu (Monguor) Literature Forum – Limusishiden and Ha Mingzong

3. Health and Illness Among the Mongghul  – Limusishiden

4. A Mongghul Communal Ritual: Diinquari – Limusishiden and CK Stuart

5. Monastic Customaries and the Promotion of Dge lugs Scholasticism in A mdo and Beyond – Brenton Sullivan

6. Bilingualism in Song: The Rabbit Song of the Fulaan Nara Huzhu Mongghul – Qi Huimin and Burgel RM Levy

7. A Faithful Servant, Samt’andjimba (1816-1900) – Valère Rondelez; translated by Xénia de Heering

8. On The Shirongols  – Grigorij Potanin; translated by Juha Janhunen with assistance from Wen Xiangcheng and Zhu Yongzhong

9. Mangghuer Folktales and Historical Narratives  – Grigori Potanin; translated by Xénia de Heering

10. Mangghuer Embroidery: A Vanishing Tradition  – Aila Pullinen

11. The Origin of Gnyan thog Village and the History of its Chieftains  – Blo bzang snyan grags; translated by Lcags mo tshe ring

12. Rka gsar, a Monguor (Tu) Village in Reb gong (Tongren):  Communal Rituals And Everyday Life  – Tshe ring skyid

13. An Introduction to Rgya tshang ma, a Monguor (Tu) Village in Reb gong (Tongren)  – Tshe ring skyid

Cite this blog post
Philippe Ramirez (2015, June 3). Mapping the Monguor. The Himalayas and beyond. Retrieved May 25, 2024, from

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