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Women of the Conquest DynastiesGender and Identity in Liao and Jin China$
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Linda Cooke Johnson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834043

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834043.001.0001

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Liao Women’s Daily Lives

Liao Women’s Daily Lives

Chapter:
Two Liao Women’s Daily Lives
Source:
Women of the Conquest Dynasties
Author(s):

Linda Cooke Johnson

Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824834043.003.0002

This chapter examines the daily lives of Liao women based on pictorial and archaeological evidence, with particular emphasis on the pastoralist lifestyle, daily life of Kitan women, and the lifestyles of haner women living under Liao rule. The lands of the Liao and Jin states were situated in present-day Inner Mongolia and Jilin and Liaoning provinces. The Liao state maintained a pastoralist-style tribal administration, called the Northern Administration, for the Kitan and their allies called the Xi. The Kitan population was comprised primarily of pastoralists. Evidence on the daily lives of women in the Liao period is furnished primarily by archaeological discoveries from Liao tombs of both Kitan and Han Chinese, including paintings and artifacts. This chapter first provides an overview of pastoralism in Liao before discussing the status of women in Liao pastoralist society, along with hanren and haner lifestyles.

Keywords:   daily lives, Liao women, pastoralist lifestyle, Kitan women, haner, Liao state, tombs, Han Chinese, pastoralist society, hanren

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