Serpent King sacrifices, Naxi manuscript

Serpent King sacrifices, Naxi manuscript

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Caption: Serpent King sacrifices. Manuscript in the Naxi pictographic language, describing sacrifices to the Serpent King. The Naxi (or Nakhi) are an ethnic group found in the foothills of the Himalayas in the north-western part of Yunnan Province, China. The Naxi Kingdom was at its peak between the 8th and 17th centuries. Their priests (dongbas) used manuscripts such as these to perform religious rituals and shamanistic ceremonies.

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