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Book/Printed Material Annals of Creation

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  • Annals of Creation


  • The cover of this work by an unknown author bears the title Translation of the Entire Text of the "Yao Annals of Creation." In this bilingual text, the Dongba text is in color and the Chinese text is in black. The Dongba glyphs are ancient characters that were used to record the dialect of the western Naxi nationality centered around the Li River in Yunnan. They were developed in approximately the seventh century. The Annals of Creation reflect the understanding of the Naxi people concerning the natural world and the origins of humankind, and depict the Naxi people's ceaseless migrations over the course of their history and the struggle of their ancestors against nature. This work vividly portrays, in bright images, Chaozeng Li'en, the ancestor of the Naxi people, and his wife, Chenhong Baobai. The work overflows with admiration for the wisdom and heroism of the ancestors, intertwined with descriptions of faithful love. While recording Naxi history and traditional culture, the book also indirectly reflects the social life, religious philosophy, and matrimonial mores of the time. The work, which can truly be called a heroic epic, is not only representative of Dongba literature, but also an important classic of the Dongba religion, with great historical value.

Created / Published

  • [place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], [900 to 999]


  • -  China--Yunnan Province
  • -  600 to 999
  • -  Ancestor worship
  • -  Dongba script
  • -  Naxi (Chinese people)
  • -  Naxi manuscripts


  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  Original resource extent: One volume, 20.1 x 28 centimeters.
  • -  Original resource at: National Library of China.
  • -  Content in Naxi and Chinese.
  • -  Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.


  • 1 online resource.

Source Collection

  • National Languages Collection

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Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2021667416

Online Format

  • compressed data
  • pdf
  • image

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Chicago citation style:

Annals of Creation. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, 900 to 999, 0900] Pdf.

APA citation style:

(0900) Annals of Creation. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, 900 to 999] [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Annals of Creation. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, 900 to 999, 0900] Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.