Lu Tingzhang Collection of Shui Manuscripts

Digital images of a Shui manuscript owned by Lu Tingzhang, a Shui priest from Libo.

The manuscripts are written in the Shui language and script, one of the few remaining hieroglyphics in the world. The manuscripts include Shui works of astrology, folklore, ethics, philosophy, history, art, geography and theology, religious practice and ritual.

All traditional Shui manuscripts are written on cotton paper in black ink; illustrations are often written in red ink. Bamboo sticks and brushes are comonly used to create the manuscripts. Most manuscripts are bound with cotton thread, and a few have cloth covers. The paper, ink and covering cloth are made locally.

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  • sang zang shi yao

    File Ref: EAP143/12/1
    Digital images of sang zang shi yao, a book on various issues in funerals. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...