"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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  • zong he zhan bu shu [19th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/22
    Digital images of zong he zhan bu shu, a book on predicting fortunes in various directions and times. Date: 19th century. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • zhuo gui fang gui [late 19th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/23
    Digital images of zhuo gui fang gui, a book on capturing and releasing demons; it is in the category of "black witchcraft". Date: late 19th century. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • zong he ze ji shu [19th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/24
    Digital images of zong he ze ji shu, a book on picking auspicious dates for various purposes. Date: 19th century. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • zhan bu shu [20th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/25
    Digital images of zhan bu shu, a book on predicting on various subjects. Date: 20th century. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • sang zang ze ji shu [19th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/26
    Digital images of sang zang ze ji shu, a book on picking auspicious dates for funerals. Date: 19th century. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • sang zang ze ji shu [19th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/27
    Digital images of sang zang ze ji shu, a book on picking auspicious dates for funerals . Date: 19th century. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • qi zao ze ji shu [19th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/28
    Digital images of qi zao ze ji shu, a book on picking auspicious dates and avoiding misfortune dates in erecting new houses. Date: 19th century. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • qi zao ze ji shu [19th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/29
    Digital images of qi zao ze ji shu, a book on picking proper dates for various issues in building a new house. Date: 19th century. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • sang zang ze ji shu [19th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/30
    Digital images of sang zang ze ji shu, a book on picking auspicious dates for funerals. Date: 19th century. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • sang zang ze ji shu [19th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/31
    Digital images of sang zang ze ji shu, a book on picking auspicious dates for funerals. Date: 19th century. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • sang zang ze ji shu [19th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/32
    Digital images of sang zang ze ji shu, a book on picking auspicious dates for funerals. Date: 19th century. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • sang zang ze ji shu [19th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/33
    Digital images of sang zang ze ji shu, a book on picking auspicious dates for funerals. Date: 19th century. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • sang zang ze ji shu [19th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/34
    Digital images of sang zang ze ji shu, a book on picking auspicious dates for funerals. Date: 19th century. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • zong he ze ji shu [19th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/35
    Digital images of zong he ze ji shu, a book on picking auspicious dates for various purposes. Date: 19th century. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • sang zang ze ji shu [early 19th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/36
    Digital images of sang zang ze ji shu, a book on picking auspicious dates for funerals . Date: early 19th century. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...