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  The Naxi Ethnic Group
The Naxi ethnic minority has a population of 308,839, most of whom live in concentrated communities in the Lijiang Naxi Autonomous County in Yunnan Province, the rest being scattered in Weixi, Zhongdian, Ninglang, Deqin, Yongsheng, Heqing, Jianchuan and Lanping counties in Yunnan, as well as Yanyuan, Yanbian and Muli counties in Sichuan Province.
It was common in the past to chant scriptures at the funeral ceremony to expiate the sins of the dead.
The Naxi communities had reached the stage of feudal society long before the nationwide liberation in 1949, though the stages of development were not the same.
www.china.org.cn /english/features/EthnicGroups/136940.htm   (1643 words)

  
  The Naxi ethnic minority
The Naxi ethnic minority has a population of 277,800, most of whom live in concentrated communities in the Lijiang Naxi Autonomous County in Yunnan Province, the rest being scattered in Weixi, Zhongdian, Ninglang, Deqin, Yongsheng, Heqing, Jianchuan and Lanping counties in Yunnan Province, as well as Yanyuan, Yanbian and Muli counties in Sichuan Province.
The Naxi areas, traversed by the Jinsha, Lancang and Yalong rivers, and the Yunling, Xueshan and Yulong mountain ranges, have a complicated terrain.
It was common in the past to chant scriptures at the funeral ceremony to expiate the sins of the dead.
www.toptrip.cc /destination/minority/naxi.htm   (1252 words)

  
 Living Pictographs (June 1999) - Library of Congress Information Bulletin
Naxi pictographs differ from Chinese characters and may be compared to Egyptian or Mayan hieroglyphs.
Zhu, who is one of the few non-Naxi with Naxi fluency, having learned the language at the Central Institute for Nationalities in Beijing, and from the Naxi Dongba, or priests, when he lived among the Naxi people for two years in the late 1950s.
Although there are still practicing Naxi priests, they use a simplified pictographic system to produce a limited set of manuscripts, which they use for standard ceremonies such as funerals and blessings.
www.loc.gov /loc/lcib/9906/naxi1.html   (1305 words)

  
 Naxi Ethnic Minority - China Style
Naxi women wear loose clothes with broad waistbands and sleeves, long trousers, hundred-pleat aprons, and boat-shaped embroidered shoes.
Naxi ancient music is praised by the contemporary as the "living fossil of music".
Naxi people consider Sanduo to be the most powerful god in its mythology and they say Sanduo was born to the year of goat.
library.thinkquest.org /05aug/01780/chinese-ethnic-group/naxi.htm   (576 words)

  
 Selections from the Naxi Manuscript Collection (Asian Reading Room: Library of Congress)
They were written by Naxi shamanistic priests in what is the only living pictographic language in the world.
These manuscripts illustrate a range of Naxi myths and legends including the story of the creation of the world, sacrifice to the Serpent King and other principle gods, accounts of Naxi warriors and other people of high social standing ascending to the realm of deities, and love-suicide stories.
The Naxi Manuscript Collection is the first Area Studies LC-only Global Gateway collection.
www.loc.gov /rr/asian/naxiAnnouncement.html   (258 words)

  
 Naxi scripts (Dongba, Geba and Latin) and language
It is used exclusively by the Dongba (shamans/priests) as an aid to the recitation of ritual texts during religious ceremonies and shamanistic rituals.
Use of the Naxi language and script was discouraged after the Communist victory in 1949, and they were actively suppressed during the Cultural Revolution in the 60s when thousands of manuscripts were destroyed.
A newspaper was published during the 1980s printed in the Dongba script and the Latin alphabet in an attempt to increase the level of literacy among the Naxi people in their own language.
www.omniglot.com /writing/naxi.htm   (513 words)

  
 CLT: Naxi
The Naxi are one of Yunnan’s 24 ethic minority people, and for centuries had their own kingdom in northwestern Yunnan.
In March 2004, the local officials of Lijiang Naxi Autonomous Municipality welcomed the UNESCO Culture Unit to work with them to expand UNESCO’s Radio Project for HIV/AIDS, Trafficking and Drug Prevention among Highland Minorities in the Greater Mekong Subregion to Lijiang using the Naxi language.
Although the Naxi have a traditional ritual pictographic script, it cannot be used to write a modern radio drama.
www.unescobkk.org /index.php?id=1206   (631 words)

  
 Where the World Meets the Sky: Trekking the Naxi, Yi & Mosuo Extended (20 days, Trekking)   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Amongst other things this was the home of Joseph Rock - who was in parts an explorer, a plant collector, a scholar of Naxi language, and a bit of a master of fakery - who roamed SW China in the 20s, 30s and 40s.
Steep streets and homes built into the rock, flowing fields of terraced rice paddies and the roar of the Yangtze, make for fascinating late afternoon strolls, and while last year they did run a road all the way through to here, locals are still happy with the novelty of visitors.
The landscape is both remote and beautiful, but not too taxing, the populace changing from largely Naxi to the much less known (although vastly more populous) Yi through to the matriarchal Mosuo of Lugu Lake.
www.haiweitrails.com /004_6_world_sky_ext.htm   (1519 words)

  
 China Source
Naxi live in the Lijiang Naxi Autonomous County, Yunnan Province and in Weixi, Zhongdian, Ninglang, Deqin, Yongsheng, Heqing, Jianchuan and Lanping counties, Yunnan Province.
Naxi descend from the Di and Qiang tribes--records of Naxi ancestors are found in 1,900 books such as Records of the Historian.
Naxi sing and dance to short and descriptive songs that are sung in a high pitch and with strong rhythms.
www.chsource.org /Naxi.htm   (623 words)

  
 Snow Lion Expeditions: Meet the Naxi
Dongba is a shamanistic religion indigenous to the Naxi.
Naxi family and community life represents one of the few existing examples of a matriarchal society.
Two early 20 th century Westerners who traveled and wrote extensively about the Naxi are the botanist and National Geographic chronicler Joseph Rock and Russian doctor Peter Goullart, author of the Forgotten Kingdom, a book describing the ways of the Naxi and other neighboring ethnic groups.
www.imakenews.com /snowlion/e_article000247842.cfm   (519 words)

  
 Naxi
The Naxi are an ethnic group in the foothills of the Himalayas north-west Yunnan province, China.
The Naxi are thought to have descended from Tibet, and until recently maintained overland trading links with Lhasa (and thus India).
The ancient Naxi town of Lijiang[?] is now a major tourist destination, and its cobbled paths and running waters are extensively photographed by tourists.
www.ebroadcast.com.au /lookup/encyclopedia/na/Naxi.html   (286 words)

  
 Naxi - pictographic script and complex religious practice
He was the world's leading expert on Naxi culture and local botany, and he wrote ten articles for National Geographic magazine, developing his first colour photographic plates in the field in the 1920s.
The Naxi are the only ethnic group in the world to have their culture preserved in a textual writing system with images and pictographic characters (sijiulujiu) still in use.
Of the recorded total number of Naxi scriptures (10.575, of which 90% indeed are duplicates from master copies) 7.861 are preserved in U.S.A., mainly in Library of Congress and collected by Rock, 1.493 in Europe, mainly in Marburg Staatsbibliothek and 1.221 in Asia, all in National Central Museum, Taiwan, acquired from 1944 onwards.
www2.db.dk /pe/naxi.htm   (1484 words)

  
 DEVELOPMENT GATEWAY_ The Naxi Ehnic Minority
The Naxi ethnic minority has a population of 308,839, most of whom live in concentrated communities in the Lijiang Naxi Autonomous County in Yunnan Province, the rest being scattered in Weixi, Zhongdian, Ninglang, Deqin, Yongsheng, Heqing, Jianchuan and Lanping counties in Yunnan, as well as Yanyuan, Yanbian and Muli counties in Sichuan Province.
Before 1949, most Naxi people were followers of the "Dongba" religion, which was a form of Shamanism.
The Naxi communities had reached the stage of feudal society long before the nationwide liberation in 1949, though the stages of development were not the same.
www.chinagate.com.cn /english/1192.htm   (1724 words)

  
 DragonSurf Culture Cafe   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Naxis are the descendants of an ancient nomadic people known as the Shiqiang who centuries ago gave up their nomadic wandering and settled in the Lijiang valley.
Over the past half-century, the Naxi people have gone from a thriving culture with a heavy emphasis on sacred rituals, to one in an increasingly precarious position as the practice of traditions begins to fall victim to modernization.
Considered Modern Dongba painting, a relatively new style begun by contemporary Naxi artists, her pieces are abstract in content and infused with vibrant colors used to represent the harmony between gods, humanity and nature.
www.dragonsurf.com /culturecafe/CultureWatch/template_en.cfm?nextpage=godhumans.cfm   (2110 words)

  
 India & China Stage: Kavitha Dispatch - July 8, 2000
Similar to the Bai people of Dali that I wrote about in my last dispatch, the ethnic minority group that lives in Lijiang, the Naxi people, have learned that their traditional costumes and culture can be a great tourist attraction.
Traditionally, Naxi children would grow up and live with their mother, while their father continued living with his family.
Naxi women inherited all of the family's property, and female elders were the judges for their society.
www.worldtrek.org /odyssey/asia/070800/070800kavijiang.html   (1177 words)

  
 Naxi
The Naxi minority, known by their ancient name as "Muoxie", were the descentants of Qiang tribe.
The Naxi minority have their own language and written characters which is considered as the only exsisting pictographs in the world today.
The Naxi culture is derived mainly from the Dongba culture, then their art forms such as music, dance, painting are a replica of the old original Dongba''s culture.
www.autef.com /Trips/Yunnaxi.html   (623 words)

  
 Naxi Ethnic Minority
With a population of about 278,009 (as of 1990), the Naxi ethnic group mainly live in concentrated communities in the Naxi Autonomous County of Lijiang in the Yunnan Province, and the rest are scattered throughout the neighboring counties in Yunnan Province, as well as Yanyuan, Yanbian and Muli counties in Sichuan Province.
According to historical documents, the forefathers of the Naxi people were closely related to a tribe called "Maoniu Yi" in the Han Dynasty (206BC-220AD), "Mosha Yi" in the Jin Dynasty (265-420) and "Moxie Yi" in the Tang Dynasty (618-907).
The Dongba script created in the seventh century by the Naxi people is the only pictographic characters extant in the world.
www.chinaculture.org /gb/en_aboutchina/2003-09/24/content_24024.htm   (478 words)

  
 About Edongba
Tomba or dto-mba) is used exclusively by the Dongba (shamans/priests) as an aid to the recitation of ritual texts during religious ceremonies and shamanistic rituals.
Naxi Dongba Hieroglyphs differ from Chinese characters and may be compared to Egyptian or Mayan hieroglyphs.
The Naxi manuscripts are truly a "living fossil" that still mystifies those that study ancient Himalayan culture.
www.naxidongba.com /edongba/En/Edongba.html   (582 words)

  
 Yunnan Tourism - Tourist Guide of naxi people   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Naxi have an age-old history with a rich cultural heritage.
The Mosuo, a subgroup of Naxi, have been living around Lugu Lake for generations and still maintain their matriarchal customs.
Naxi people consider Sanduo to be the most powerful god in its mythology and they say Sanduo was born to the year of goat.
www.yunnantourism.com /festival/festival_naxi.html   (357 words)

  
 Naxi Script
The pictographic characters are sometimes used as a rebus in phonographic writing, and the word or words associated with a single compound pictograph may sometimes be rewritten phonographically by means of other pictographs, or by means of the elements of the separate syllabary.
The Naxi syllabary is used only in transcribing mantras (magic formulas), and there are few texts using the syllabary, though the syllabographs are sometimes interspersed with (or annotate) pictographs.
Naxi syllabographs are also reported to be in use in a bilingual Naxi-Moso text (Musée de Trocadéro, Paris).
www.unicode.org /~rscook/Naxi   (852 words)

  
 languagehat.com: NAXI.
The Naxi (or Nakhi; the x/kh is palatal, as in German Chemie or Russian khitryi) are a people of western Yunnan in China.
A thousand years ago they were a power in the area, the dominant people of the bend of the Yangtze, but since the Mongol conquest of the fourteenth century they have been politically subject to China (though culturally under the influence of Tibet), and they have lost their former prosperity.
and quoted a Naxi love story in Canto CX ("The nine fates and the seven,/ and the fl tree was born dumb...").
www.languagehat.com /archives/000337.php   (260 words)

  
 Dongba prayer flags (Naxi - China)   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Naxi, also spelt as Nakhi and Nahi are one of many Chinas minorities.
The Naxi people are one of few Chinese minorities with their own written language.
The Naxi are closely related to the Tibetans.
www.crwflags.com /fotw/flags/cn_dong.html   (176 words)

  
 China Kunming Trip:Minority:Naxi Ethnic Group   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Naxi nationality has a population of 281,000, most of whom live in compact communities in Lijinag Naxi Autonomous County, Ninlglang County, Yongsheng County and Weixi,Zhongdian and Deqin counties in Diqing.
The Naxi people have a splendid culture, of which the most important one is the Dongba language which consists of the only surviving hieroglyphic characters in the world, The Naxi people have their own language, which belongs to the Tibet-Burmese Branch of the Sino-Tibetan language Family (Yi Branch).
The main fes5ivals of the Naxi people are the Bangbanghui festival on January 15th on the lunar calendar, the Sanduo Festival in February 8th and the live Stock Exchange Fair in March and June.
www.kmtrip.net /en/minorities/naxi.htm   (308 words)

  
 Naxi faithful launch culture crusade
They were regarded by common ethnic Naxis as the intelligentsia, able to communicate between the gods and the ordinary people, between the heaven and earth.
She says there is a plan to open a Naxi language programme in the local children's television programme.
To continue the ethnic Naxi culture is to prevent it from being misused and from becoming lost in this new, globalized century.
www.chinadaily.com.cn /english/doc/2004-08/06/content_362281.htm   (1879 words)

  
 Pinyin news » Blog Archive » Naxi pictographs
Some mainland scholars get around the Naxi language/script problem by referring to the pictographs as “Dongba,”; the name of the religious practitioners who used them, thus more clearly differentiating the pictographs from the spoken language of the Naxi people.
The Naxi region was thoroughly sinicized by the 18th century and Chinese has long been the dominant writing system there.
Naxi informants have told me that pronunciations vary considerably from place to place.
pinyin.info /news/2005/naxi-pictographs   (1113 words)

  
 Ethnic Minorities in Tibet   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Sugudu, a traditional musical instrument of Naxi ethnic group, is popular in Lijiang and neighboring regions in Yunnan Province.
In the 13th century, it was introduced to and adopted by the Naxi tribe through the Mongols.
The Sugudu is made of red sandalwood or walnut wood, with a straight neck, a small groove, a round body like half of a guard, and has a leather surface and four strings.
zt.tibet.cn /tibetzt/ssmz_en/naxi/menu.htm   (142 words)

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