Until a Naxi dongjing orchestra held extraordinarily successful concerts in Beijing and Paris in the 1990s, dongjing had been neglected for near half a century. However, the “rediscovery” of dongjing does not necessarily mean a better understanding and preservation strategy, let alone research. With the development of tourism and modernization in Yunnan recent years, dongjing has faced a more serious situation than before. The present project aims to salvage and preserve dongjing archives in Yunnan, whose transcript, music, ritual, and performance reveal classics, literature, religion, social life and regional culture of pre-modern China, which are not available in any other source.
Dongjing refers to a body of Daoist and Confucian texts, which are accompanied with traditional scores and could be sung and played by an orchestra. The dongjing originated in Central China in the 13th century, and diffused into Southwest China in 15th century. Due to enduring political turmoil and social transitions, presently dongjing does not survive except in Southwest China and northern mainland Southeast Asia. Dongjing is best preserved in Yunnan. Though the majority of the texts are Daoist, it is Confucians, instead of Daoist monks, who dominated the compilation and performance of dongjing.
The dongjing archives in north Yunnan take the following form:
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|Scope and Content:||Digital images of Chuxiong Yi zhou dong jing gu yue, a score of archaic Dongjing music from Chuxiong. The transcript displayed in these images was copied by Wentong Zhang and Kaichao Wang in 2005; the document they copied from was transcribed in the 1980s. The file contains a written introduction and a contents page, followed by the score in jianpu notation.|
|Script(s)||Han (Traditional Variant)|
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