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Deals an architectural research of equipped types and construction forms of the minority teams in southern China and of the Dong nationality specifically.

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4 A Qing-dynasty (1636–1911) publication, “The Book of Wu ­Family Genealogy,” unearthed in Enshi, Hubei province, was written in the Dong language with Chinese characters. The book mentions the migration and indicates the Dong homeland as Liuzhou in Guangxi province. It also describes the landscape at the time when their ancestors first arrived. 4 Sax is the Dong goddess enshrined in the southern area. Both “The Song of Sax” and the chants to found a Sax altar tell the story of Sax migrating with Dong ancestors from the Wuzhou area to a place called Daeml Heic Maix Mags, near Longer and Liping.

The scene is so singularly compelling, it is as if Casa del Fascio, the building itself, were addressing this massive congregation. A rally of this scale perhaps never happened in reality, but the architect was hopelessly romantic, for this is the kind of instrumental capacity of the building that Terragni had hoped for. The instrumental role that the built world plays in animating social life is most evident at the scale of a settlement pattern, that is, the scale of a ­village or a town. Settlement is used here to emphasize the process of making the built fabric, or formal structure, of a village, which I call pattern.

In the middle of the Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279), a Chinese oYcial recorded Wuxi man (five-water barbarians) in a book called Ximan Cong­ xiao. The five groups were designated variously as Miao, Yao, Liao, Ge-ling, and Ge-lao. According to this book, these five minority groups shared the same customs and language. The name Ge-lao pronounces reasonably similarly to the Dong self-identification of Gaeml, or Geml. The Dong might have been one of those language groups. They, however, have customs and language that are distinctively diVerent from those of the Miao and the Yao.

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