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Kyirong’s 1958 Household Register

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Dieter Schuh was the first to recognize the potential for using household registers to study Tibetan historical demography. This appendix presents a partial translation of the 1958 household register from Kyirong. The "Earth-Dog Year [1958] Household Contract Being a Census [of Land and People] in the Nine Divisions of Kyirong District" was completed, witnessed, and sealed on the eight or ninth day of July, 1958. The document commences with a preamble in legal terminology detailing its purpose and reiterating some of the powers held by the District Commissioner. The rest of the document is broken into sections according to sub-district, each of which is preceded by a statement of the tax units for that sub-district. Finally, the section for each sub-district concludes with a statement of witness, accompanied by the seals of each person who testified to the accuracy of this particular section of the register.

Keywords: 1958 household register; Kyirong; tax units; Tibetan historical demography



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