When things vanish it feels bad.\nWhen cultures vanish it feels worse.\nHere is a Yao Shaman\u2019s manuscript that came to me about 2 years ago. About 4 months ago, \u00a0I took it out to look at it and then study it. It is through reading about such manuscripts that I realised that this culture no longer exists.\nAre there anyone who practices it? Probably not.\nMany other outsiders know of it as students of that culture but are there enough living people who know it as a part of their own heritage?\nThe script is beautiful \u2013 the paper is gorgeous and the drawing are superbly rendered so why did I have this sinking feeling as I carefully thumbed through the pages?\n\n\n\nSurely someone might be able to read the script, understand the meanings and be able to see it within the paradigm that it was meant to be read in?\nSomebody? Anybody?\nSigh!\nAnd then I tried to call up the senior American dealer \u2013 a retiree \u2013 who lived in the Philippines and who spent many years in Vietnam and was my source of many things from the region including this one. Having had 1 or 2 long conversations on the phone with him previously I felt like he\u2019d grandfathered me in this category and he was the right person to reach out to for more information.\nBut the phone didn\u2019t connect.\nSince that day, I have tried calling all his 3 numbers at least a dozen times on different days \u2013 including his wife\u2019s and daughter\u2019s. \u00a0I have tried emailing him several times over the past 3 months.\nNo response. At all.\nYes \u2013 when cultures vanish \u2013 it is sad. But when people vanish it is the worst feeling ever!\nBut at least they\u2019ve left behind memories of super conversations even if there is no face or real person attached to that memory!\n\u00a0\nSee more photos of this manuscript here.\n\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\nThe post Vanished appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.