"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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  • tui guai [1940s]

    File Ref: EAP143/11/1
    Digital images of tui guai, a book on probing symbolic meanings of various strange scenes. Date: 1940s. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • 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. ...
  • zi wu zheng qi

    File Ref: EAP143/13/1
    Digital images of zi wu zheng qi, a book on choosing dates. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • ren chen hao ding zheng

    File Ref: EAP143/13/2
    Digital images of ren chen hao ding zheng, a book on choosing dates. Date: Unknown. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • zheng qi geng jia er ba ji xin [1960s]

    File Ref: EAP143/14/1
    Digital images of zheng qi geng jia er ba ji xin, a fundamental text for Shui priests containing general principles on achieving good fortune and avoiding bad spirits. Date: 1960s. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • zheng qi juan bei yao [1980s]

    File Ref: EAP143/14/2
    Digital images of zheng qi juan bei yao, a fundamental text for Shui priests containing general principles on achieving good fortune and avoiding bad spirits. Date: 1980s. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • zhan bing qi zhang [1940s]

    File Ref: EAP143/15/1
    Digital images of zhan bing qi zhang, a book on predicting health and illness. Date: 1940s. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • er shi ba su ben [19th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/16/1
    Digital images of er shi ba su ben, a book on picking auspicious dates by astrology. Date: 19th century. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • han zheng qi

    File Ref: EAP143/13/3
    A fundamental text for Shui priests containing general principles on obtaining good fortunes and avoiding evils. ...