"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 [20th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/52
    Digital images of sang zang ze ji shu, a book on picking auspicious dates for funerals. Date: 20th century. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • zhan bu shu [20th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/53
    Digital images of zhan bu shu, a book on predicting on various subjects. Date: 20th century. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • xiu zao ze ji [19th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/54
    Digital images of xiu zao ze ji, a book on picking proper dates to repair roads or bridges and to build new ones. Date: 19th century. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • zheng qi gang yao [20th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/55
    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: original creator unknown; copied by Yao Shuntan. ...
  • tan ju juan [20th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/56
    Digital images of tan ju juan, a book on astrology. Date: 20th century. Author / scribe: original creator unknown; copied by Yao Shuntan. ...
  • zheng qi gang yao [20th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/57
    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. ...
  • zheng qi juan bei yao [1904]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/58
    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: 1904. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • zheng qi juan bei yao [late 19th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/59
    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: late 19th century. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • zheng qi juan bei yao [late 19th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/60
    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: late 19th century. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • zheng qi juan bei yao [late 19th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/61
    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: late 19th century. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • sang zang ze ji shu [1986]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/62
    Digital images of sang zang ze ji shu, a book on picking auspicious dates for funerals. Date: 1986. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • zang zao ze ji shu [20th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/63
    Digital images of zang zao ze ji shu, a book on picking auspicious dates for various purposes, including burying the dead and building new house. Date: 20th century. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • zheng qi juan bei yao [late 19th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/64
    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: late 19th century. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • zong he ji xiong [1994]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/65
    Digital images of zong he ji xiong , a collection of various "bad days" which are improper for weddings and funerals. Date: 1994. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...
  • zong he ji xiong [20th century]

    File Ref: EAP143/1/1/66
    Digital images of zong he ji xiong , a book on picking auspicious dates for various purposes. Date: 20th century. Author / scribe: Unknown. ...