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An annotated translation of the ‘eye disease incantation’ in Dongba script

Jiquan He 和继全 and Xiuyun Zhao 赵秀云

发布时间:2020-09-01    点击次数:



The ‘eye disease incantation’ is a special category of manuscript recorded by the Naxi Dongba for the purpose of heal- ing through the power of incantation and meditation. Up to now, very few Dongba texts with incantations have been discovered or published, and Dongba texts which record incantations as well as depict scenes of meditation are even more rare. There are three ways to record Dongba script found in these texts: record the language completely; express the meaning via pictures; and create an expression that combines meaning and sound. The structure of the glyphs is characteristic of an early writing system which was mainly composed of pictographs and associative compounds. However, the high rate of phonetic loan glyphs and the appearance of pictophonetic glyphs show the characteristics of a mature writing system. This type of manuscript has value for studying the evolution of the relationship between Dongba language and script, and shamanic healing culture.

【关键词】Dongba script, graphic structure, incantation, relationship between language and script
【作者简介】Jiquan He 和继全 Southwest Minzu university, China 西南民族大学 Xiuyun Zhao 赵秀云 Southwest Minzu university, China 西南民族大学

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