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Completed research project

Title / Titel From painting to writing
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Original title / Originaltitel Von der Malerei zur Schrift
Summary / Zusammenfassung This research project seeks to discover common ground between certain forms of religious painting found among some of the indigenous societies of the Sino-Tibetan marches and a type of pictographic writing employed by Naxi religious practitioners as mnemotechnical tool to record a body of ritual lore handed down orally. The religious paintings investigated have, as a rule, narrative functions and serve divinatory purposes, in a way similar to the use of the pictographs. Moreover, the Naxi picture writing and the religious paintings juxtaposed resemble one another in their respective graphic styles.
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Publications / Publikationen Oppitz, Michael: Naxi. Dinge, Mythen, Piktogramme. Zürich 1997.

Oppitz, Michael and Hsu, Elisabeth (eds.): Naxi and Moso Ethnography. Kin, Rites, Pictographs. Zurich 1998.

Keywords / Suchbegriffe Writing Systems, Painting, Iconography, Art, Oral Traditions, Anthropology, Naxi, Qiang
Project leadership and contacts /
Projektleitung und Kontakte
Prof. Dr. M. Oppitz (Project Leader)  
Funding source(s) /
Unterstützt durch
Universität Zürich (position pursuing an academic career), Others
In collaboration with /
In Zusammenarbeit mit
Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Kunming/Yunnan China
Duration of Project / Projektdauer Jan 2001 to Dec 2005