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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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  • Copyright: Neels Gunter (corjan3) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 249 W: 17 N: 433] (2025)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2007-06-09
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Exposure: f/10.0, 1/250 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2012-04-16 3:35
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