M374
Miao spirits that were worshipped and those that caused sickness.
10. Worship of the door a-nzhang.

Compiled by Yang Yung-xin.

Introduction.

In his account of the worship of the door, Yang Yung-xin follows Wang Ming-jiís manuscript fairly closely, but whereas the latter said that only male members of the family might eat the sacrificial meat, Yang Yung-xin suggests that, though the daughters were excluded, the mother of the family did partake. A possible reason for not including the girls was that the time would come when they would marry and join other families, whereas the boys would always remain part of this family, and would therefore always be involved with the spirit of this particular door.

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