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Naxi manuscripts collection: A finding aid.

Harvard-Yenching Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Harvard-Yenching Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: hyl00002
Repository: Harvard-Yenching Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Naxi manuscripts collection,
Date(s): 1826-1910 and undated.
Quantity: 1 collection (598 manuscripts, 3 funereal scrolls)
Language of materials: Manuscripts in Naxi language.
Abstract: Collection of pictographic manuscripts, used in performing religious rituals by the Naxi community.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Original materials were acquired by Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962) and Quentin Roosevelt (1919-1948). The Harvard-Yenching Library's holdings (510 from Joseph Rock and 88 from Quentin Roosevelt together with three long funereal scrolls) were acquired by Harvard-Yenching Institute in 1945.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Li Lin-ts'an and Zhu Baotian
Cataloged in HOLLIS as 11502973.

Existence and Location of Copies:

The Naxi manuscripts collection was digitized with support from the Harvard-Yenching Institute.

Related Materials

Additional Naxi manuscripts are held by the Library of Congress.

Biographical / Historical

The Naxi (Chinese people) are an ethnic minority in the northwestern part of Yunnan Province in China, near the borders of Tibet and Burma. The population is estimated to be around 250,000, and made up largely of farmers and traders. The Naxi language is the only remaining living pictographic language today.

Arrangement

The collection is organized by subject into the following series:

Scope and Contents

This collection contains 598 ceremonial manuscripts and 3 funereal scrolls written in a pictographic script. Often, during the religious rituals, the edges of the books are burned, resulting in damage to the manuscript. Only 21 of the manuscripts are dated, the earliest being from 1826 and the latest from 1910.

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