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Dianlüe 滇略

Mar 21, 2012 © Ulrich Theobald

Dianlüe 滇略 "Treatises on Yunnan" is a local gazeteer of the province of Yunnan written by the Ming period 明 (1368-1644) scholar Xie Zhaozhi 謝肇淛 (also called Xie Zhaozhe 謝肇浙) who was for some time administration vice commissioner to the right (you canzheng 右參政) in Yunnan. He has also written the books Beihe jilüe 北河紀略 and Changxi suoyu 長溪瑣語. The 10 juan "scrolls" long Dianlüe is a modernised version of the gazetteer Yunnan tongzhi 雲南通志 from the Wanli reign 萬曆 (1573-1619). The Dianlüe was finished in 1621 and is divided into ten chapters. The arrangement is quite different than standard gazetteers and puts geography and the native tribes in important positions. In these field, the Dianlüe is very detailed and explains a lot of interesting matters. It was therefore praised by a lot of later scholars, like Hang Shijun 杭世駿 in his Daogutang wenji 道古堂文集.
The Dianlüe was printed in Dali 大理, Yunnan in the late years of the Ming period. It is included in the imperial reprint series Siku quanshu 四庫全書.

Table 1. Contents of the Dianlüe 滇略
1 版略 Geography
2 勝略 Topography
3 產略 Local products
4 俗略 Customs and habits
5 績略 Eminent officials
6 獻略 Eminent personalities
7 事略 History and administration
8 文略 Writings
9 夷略 Native tribes
10 雜略 Miscellaneous matters
Sources:
Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文鬰, ed. (1996). Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典 (Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe), Vol. 1, 383.
Wang Zhaoming 王兆明, Fu Langyun 傅朗云, ed. (1991). Zhonghua gu wenxian da cidian 中華古文獻大辭典, Vol. Dili 地理卷 (Changchun: Jilin wenshi chubanshe), 383.
Wu Feng 吳楓, ed. (1987). Jianming Zhongguo guji cidian 簡明中國古籍辭典 (Changchun: Jilin wenshi chubanshe), 904.