Naxi Dongba chinese minority, Yunnan Provice, Southwestern China
Fine Art Photography, Naxi Dongba chinese minority, Wuxi Village, Yunnan province, Southwestern China. Limited Edition of 5 + 2 Artist's Proof 8X12" // 20X30cm Fine Art Photography Prints. Digital Photography printed on fine art museum quality paper Hahnemühle Photo Rag Ultra Smooth Mat 305 g / m2, which is 100% cotton and acid-free.
The Naxi Dongba are a Chinese minority with a population of now just above 300,000 people living indigenously in remote mountain villages in southwestern China, in the provinces of Yunnan and Sichuan. They are the last people on earth to still use pictographs. The pictographic scripts are mnemonic aides employed in rituals celebrating the sacred relationship between humans and nature. “The priests of the Bön religion, a kind of shamanism that long ago spread to Naxi from preBuddhist Tibet, chant ancient legends and ceremonies using the pictographic texts as memory aids” (Ramsey, 1941). The Naxi Dongba rituals celebrate the interconnections between humans and nature, the loss of which is documented, among others, by Carolyn Merchant in The Death of Nature.“Environmentalists are trying to develop an ecological ethic emphasizing the interconnectedness between people and nature” (Merchant, 1989) and they “have suggested an image of stewardship in which we are not owners of naturebut rather its temporary caretakers” (Ackerman & Heinzerling, 2004)