The third in a series of five on the pictographic characters that have been in use for thousands of years by the Naxi minority of the DongBa Valley area around the ancient city of Lijiang. Naxi culture is still very strong but the Dongba characters were almost eradicated by communist actions, especially during the emotion-driven cultural revolution but also by official policy. The Chinese government is now trying to revive this near-extinct part of Naxi culture.
For more information, please see the notes with the first two uploads of the series.
IT IS INTERESTING TO TRY AND GUESS WHAT THE CHARACTERS DEPICT. PLEASE LETS US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK.
UPDATE 18 APRIL 2012 - My Chinese friend has kindly provided the meaning of the characters which I literally list below:
Top Left: Dance
Top Middle: Dating
Top Right: Mill (grain)
Bottom Left: Fight/quarrel
Bottom 2nd Left: Hide
Bottom 2nd Right: Write
Bottom Right: Play flute.
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serp2000 (43108) 2012-04-16 3:43
I like this your new photoseries. Original presentation of the Naxi culture. The note is very interesting for me. I'd like to find out more information. TFS!
lousat (87186) 2012-04-16 4:20
Hi Neels,it's nice to see something to different on TE,this little serie is very very nice and interesting,and i like the fantastic perfection of the details and colors! Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano
BennyV (15903) 2012-04-16 5:50
Three very similar posts in a row, but you are right: maybe this fascinating script deserves some attention.
About the translation: well, I guess it's written underneath, isn't it?
diomed (13926) 2012-04-16 7:24
very interestin and witha a great graphic impact these Naxi Pictographic Caracters. Nice ciolors, great details.
Have a nice week
shevchenko (19444) 2012-04-17 2:12
Distinct indoor photo, clear to show the pictograph,
interesting composition and informative note,
thanks for sharing.
abmdsudi (50504) 2012-04-17 6:54
I choose amongst the three, this shows the different aproach to your interest and It would be very tempting to photograph that fine art work. Brilliant shot and the figs are stunning, curious to see it is more than the artwork. As ever very well seen and timed shot which adds greatly to the overall scene. Great effort,