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“Lumanlusa” Scripture

Tags: belief | Naxi | scripture

This is one of the most famous classics in the Dongba script of Naxi people. In the past, whenever young Naxi lovers committed suicide together, a dongba (shaman) would chant this scripture to set their spirits free, so that they would be able to rest in peace in the legendary beautiful land of Xue Shan. Because of the scripture's idealized depiction of Xue Shan, “love suicides” became a trend among young couples, which led to the banning of this scripture.


Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica