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Return to the Land of Deities–Unique 50x34"

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Return to the Land of Deities–Unique 50x34"

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The Naxi are one of China’s 55 officially recognized minority ethnic groups of China whom mostly reside in Lijiang Province. Na means senior and honored, and Xi means people. Naxi Dongba writing consists of pictographic glyphs which can only be interpreted by a “Dongba” priest. Dongba religion is based on the belief that both man and nature are half-brothers born of different mothers and the same father. Its scripture places an emphasis on this relationship between man and nature where man is punished for his exploitative abuse to nature. The glyphs here are from the ancient scroll painting The Road to Heaven, which depicts the journey of man as departed souls tortured in hell who are reincarnated as man again, and then finally are able to join the land of Deities. The glyphs are merged with imagery of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, a holy mountain and sanctuary of rare wild plants and animals in Lijiang Province.

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