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Page Range

pp. 207-232

Print Length

25 pages

4. The Song of the Dildima Bird

  • Li Dechun (author)
  • Gerald Roche (author)
Dildima Xau is a lament, sung by a woman after marrying into her husband’s home. She describes her miserable existence—her decrepit appearance and the poor treatment she is receiving—to a bird, the eponymous dildima, asking the bird to carry her message back to her parents in her natal home.


Li Dechun


Gerald Roche