Texts and Illustrations from China's Ethnic Minorities

Annals of the Creation

Edition of Dongba symbols, in colour decoration combined with Chinese writing. Thread binding.

The "Dongba symbols" are a system of pictographic glyphs used by the Naxi people. This exhibit, Annals of the Creation, was written in colour Dongba symbols, combined with Chinese scripts in ink. It traced the origins of the ancient Naxi people, reflected their views about the nature, and recounted how they struggled with nature for survival. Also recording their history, traditional culture and social life, this book might also be viewed as a "heroic epic" of the Naxi people.