Naxi Manuscripts

From the M. Lingza Scripture Series of the Naxi Manuscript Collection, Manuscript M-9. Sequence 15 of 23. Harvard Yenching Library.


One of the last widely-used pictographic scripts in the world, the written language of the Dongba, an ethnic minority in southwest China, is today all but lost – only a very few Chinese scholars and remaining Naxi are able to read it. The digitization of Harvard-Yenching Library’s 600-plus Naxi manuscripts is being shared with scholars in China, who will add translations to the collection that will preserve the record of the customs, religious practices, and daily life of the Naxi people. 

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