The Ersu Shaba Pictographic Writing System


The Ersu are a Qiangic people living in southern SìchuanProvince. A diminishing number of Ersu religious practitioners known as shaba employ a pictographic writing system described in Sun Hongkai's 1982 article that is the subject of this translation. An introduction provides background on Sun Hongkai and the theoretical framework he employs to describe the Ersu shaba pictographic writing system; additional footnotes and a map provide further context.

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The Ersu Shaba Pictographic Writing System

TitleThe Ersu Shaba Pictographic Writing System
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsSun, Hongkai
Secondary AuthorsMtsho mo skyid, and Gerald Roche(translated by)
Tertiary AuthorsRoche, Thomas, and Gerald Roche(introduction by)
JournalAsian Highlands Perspectives
Start Page159
Date Published2009
Other NumbersLibrary of Congress Control Number: 2008944256
Sort Order001
Citation Keyplacul912