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Dongba scripture collected by National Museum of China

Updated:2017-12-20 09:47:28   english.yunnan.cn

On December 7, the 150-volume Handwritten Dongba Scripture of Naxi People of Lijiang, Yunnan was collected by the National Museum of China.

The collected Dongba scriptures are modelled on the Complete Translation and Annotation of Naxi Dongba Classics, itself 100 volumes, which was inscribed on the UNESCO’s World Memory Register in August 2003. 50-volume additional Dongba classics collected over recent years were also added. 

The 150-volume Dongba scripture covers all representative Dongba classics from Naxi-inhabited areas of both Yunnan and Sichuan provinces. They are of great value for studying the ancient Naxi people and other ethnic groups living in southwest China.

According to Lu Zhangshen, director of the National Museum of China, Dongba has a history of more than 1,000 years. The culture relics of this ancient civilization, together with other cultural relics of early human existence, are of unique value.

As Naxi writing is hieroglyphs mainly composed of pictographic ideograms, a large number of Dongba classics were passed down instead by word of mouth. Therefore, the 150-volume Dongba scriptural collection is also a massive cultural memory project.  

Editor: Eric Wang