Apr. 25: Lijiang

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Many Naxi can read some of the pictographs, but the Dongba - the shaman priests - are the real repository of the language as well as the religion. In the Museum of Naxi Dongba Culture, this Dongba writes good luck wishes for tourists. Preservation of the Dongba religion is threatened, because only a son or grandson of a Dongba can become a Dongba, and there aren't enough volunteers nowadays.