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Dongba Culture

                                              Dongba Culture

The Dongba hieroglyphs,the Dongba scriptures,and the Dongba painting,music and dance compose in the aggregate the Dongba culture.The Naxi people are and ancient civilized people.As early as over one thousand years ago,it brought into being a polytheist it primitive religion called the Dongba,which created the hieroglyphs and a whole system of Dongba culture.The latter has been handed down to the present time and has become a precious cultural legacy of Chinese people.

 

The hieroglyphs,or the Dongba script,consists of more than 3,000 words in addition to some 700 simplified hieroglyphs.The Dongba Scriptures are a voluminous and substantial Naxi encyclopedia.The more than 20,000 volumes of  the book series contain ancient legends and tales,narrative epics,folk poem,proverbs and description of the Naxi populace's life in olden times and its relationship with other people.It is therefore a precious source material for the study of Naxi people's religion,history,social development,life customs and language.Related to Dongba primitive religion much influenced by the Bon Sect of the Tibetan Lamaism are the Dongba painting,Dongba music and dance.It is reported that a volume of dance notation called"Cuo Tang",which records the Dongba dance,is the only hieroglyphic choreography hitherto discovered in the world,and is held in high regard by the scholars of the world.