"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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  • sang zang ze ji shu [19th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/37
    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: EAP143/1/1/38
    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 [19th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/39
    Digital images of sang zang ze ji 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: EAP143/1/1/40
    Digital images of lan men zhuo gui fang gui, a book on how to capture and release demons; it is in the category of "black witchcraft". Date: 19th century. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • zhuo gui fang gui [20th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/41
    Digital images of zhuo gui fang gui, a book on how to capture and release demons; it is in the category of "black witchcraft". Date: 20th century. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • sang zang ze ji shu [early 19th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/42
    Digital images of sang zang ze ji shu, a book on picking auspicious dates for funerals. Date: early 19th century. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • ze ri li suan shu [16th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/43
    Digital images of ze ri li suan shu, an almanac for calculating auspicious dates in various occasions. Date: 16th century. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • hun jia ze ji shu [19th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/44
    Digital images of hun jia ze ji shu, a book to varify whether the couple is matched, and to pick the auspicious dates for wedding. Date: 19th century. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • zhuo gui fang gui [19th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/45
    Digital images of zhuo gui fang gui, a book on how to capture and release demons; it is in the category of "black witchcraft". Date: 19th century. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • zheng qi gang yao [19th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/46
    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. ...
  • zheng qi gang yao [1904]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/47
    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: 1904. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • han shui tong shu fan shu [19th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/48
    Digital images of han shui tong shu fan shu, a mixture of almanac of both Shui and Han people; a short chapter selected from "black book". Date: 19th century. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • sang zang ze ji shu [early 20th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/49
    Digital images of sang zang ze ji shu, a book on picking auspicious dates and avoiding improper dates for funerals. Date: early 20th century. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • sang zang ze ji shu [early 20th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/50
    Digital images of sang zang ze ji shu, a book on picking auspicious dates for funerals. Date: early 20th century. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • zheng qi gang yao [20th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/51
    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: 20th century. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...