One who puts Pop Culture on a pedestal, puts wisdom in a coffin.
By Pat Darnell with Anne Thoreau-Pologii
Mysterious Hanging Coffins of the Bo
After more than two months of hard work, renovation of the hanging coffins of the Bo people in Gongxian County of southwest China's Sichuan Province has now finished. This has been the biggest ever project to stabilize and conserve hanging coffins in China. 43 have been restored and 16 previously unknown coffins have been found. In the process new light has been shed on the secrets of these mysterious artifacts.
Preserving the Relics of Bo Civilization
The recent renovation of hanging coffins in Gongxian County started in September 2002. It is the third time that large-scale maintenance work has been undertaken at the site since the People's Republic of China was founded in 1949. The two earlier projects were in 1974 and 1985. ... (China.org.cn by Li Jinhui, February 10, 2003)
" ... During the later years of the Ming Dynasty, the imperial army cruelly oppressed the ethnic minority peoples of Sichuan and Yunnan. In particular, the Duzhangman and Bo Peoples fell, victims of massacre. To escape their oppression, the Bo migrated to new locations. They hid their real names and integrated into other ethnic groups. Like their culture they have disappeared but their descendents are still here for they are a part of us. ..."