"Shui Manuscript Collection at the Libo Archives, Guizhou, China [16th - 20th Century]"

This collection consists of digitised copies of 395 Shui manuscripts from the permament collection and Pan Yushan collection held at Libo County Archives in Guizhou.

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. The original texts date from the 16th to 20th centuries.

It is a tradition that scribes do not identify themselves in Shui manuscripts, and therefore information concerning the creators of these manuscripts is mostly unknown. Similarly the exact dates of the majority of these manuscripts are unknown.

All traditional Shui manuscripts are written on cotton paper in black ink; illustrations are often written in red ink. Bamboo sticks and brushes are commonly 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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  • zheng qi gang yao [19th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/1
    Digital images of zheng qi gang yao, a fundamental text for Shui priests containing general principles on achieving good fortune and avoiding bad spirits. Date: 19th century. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • xiong shen zhi ge [early 20th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/2
    Digital images of xiong shen zhi ge, a Chinese edition of sutra used to drive away demons who cause people ill. Date: early 20th century. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • sang zang ze ri shu [19th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/3
    Digital images of sang zang ze ri shu, a book used in funerals. Date: 19th century. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • lan men yong shu [19th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/4
    Digital images of lan men yong shu, a sutra used to keep demons out of doors; it is classified as a "black book". Date: 19th century. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • shi er nian zhan ji xiong [19th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/5
    Digital images of shi er nian zhan ji xiong, a book on picking auspicious dates for funerals. Date: 19th century. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • tan ju juan [1817]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/6
    Digital images of tan ju juan, a book on astrology. Date: 1817. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • sang zang ze ri shu [19th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/7
    Digital images of sang zang ze ri shu, a book on picking auspicious dates for funerals. Date: 19th century. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • zong he ze ji shu [20th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/8
    Digital images of zong he ze ji shu, a book on picking auspicious dates for various purposes. Date: 20th century. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • zong he ze ji shu [19th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/9
    Digital images of zong he ze ji shu, a book on picking auspicious dates for various purposes. Date: 19th century. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • zong he ze ji shu [early 20th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/10
    Digital images of zong he ze ji shu, a book on picking auspicious dates for various purposes. Date: early 20th century. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • sang zang ze ri shu [19th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/11
    Digital images of sang zang ze ri shu, a book on picking auspicious dates for funerals. Date: 19th century. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • lan men zhuo gui fang gui [19th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/12
    Digital images of lan men zhuo gui fang gui, a book on how to capture and release demons; it is identified as a "black book", meaning containing secret, sometimes harmful, knowledge. Date: 19th century. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • sang zang ze ri shu [19th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/13
    Digital images of sang zang ze ri shu, a book on picking dates for funerals . Date: 19th century. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • sang zang ze ri shu [19th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/14
    Digital images of sang zang ze ri shu, a book on picking dates for funerals . Date: 19th century. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • zong he ze ji shu [early 20th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/15
    Digital images of zong he ze ji shu, a book on picking auspicious dates for various purposes. Date: early 20th century. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...