China and Inner Asia

Organized Panel Session

2 - A Study on the Manchu Manuscript Text Man-Han Huangyu Shanhe Diming Kao

Saturday, July 7
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Mahogany, First Floor

The ‘Study of Place Names, Mountains and Rivers of the Imperial Territoires, In Manchu and Chinese’ or Man-Han Huangyu Shanhe Diming Kao 满汉皇舆山河地名考 is a bilingual geography manuscript text preserved in the National Library of China, complete in five volumes. It is a collection of toponyms covering the northeastern part of the Qing, and includes the records from the wars fought by Nurhaci and Hongtaiji against the Ming troops in the early 17th century. I argue that this text was transcribed from the ‘Map of Military Successes in Shengjing, Jilin, Heilongjiang, etc.’ or Shengjing Jilin Heilongjiang Dengchu Biaozhu Zhanji Yutu 盛京吉林黑龙江等处标注战绩舆图, which was produced in the 43th year of Qianlong (1778). On the title page, a reference is made to the twenty-fifth year of Qianlong (1760) and a note is added that reads “copied by Dachun”. Judging from the title of the manuscript, this refers to the time the book was copied in the catalogues. I argue that this was the year when Dachun passed the highest imperial examinations (jinshi 进士) rather than the time the book was copied. Moreover, more place names were inserted on the first page of each volume. This paper will also explore what they are and why Dachun wrote them down.

Songjie Gu

Minzu University of China, China (People's Republic)

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