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《Journal of The Central University For Nationalities(Philosophy and Social Sciences Edition)》 2005-06
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Ersu Writing System and Ersu Ethnic Identity

WU Da(Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology,The Chinese Academic of Social Science,Beijing 100081)  
Although Ersu people use a single language,there arose two ethnic identities among them since the beginning of the eighties of the 20~(th) century.Some of them recognize themselves as Tibetan while others believed there existed differences between them and the Tibetan people and asked for being recognized as a distinct minzu(ethnic group).There are a number of factors that arise the dispute including political and economical ones.Besides,the writing system used by the Ersu people played an essential role in the dispute.The Tibetan cannons used by the religious practitioners of the Ersu people Shuvuer strengthened the Ersu people's identification with Tibetan,while the Shaaba hieroglyph used by another type of religious practitioners Shaaba of the Ersu people stressed the uniqueness of the Ersu culture.Focusing on the use of the two writing systems of the Ersu people,this paper offers an analysis on this kind of ethnic dispute from the perspective of reconstructionist of ethnic theory in anthropology.
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