Kyoto Talk 002: Recorded History in Knots

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The story of Asian knotting begins at the same time as recorded history, since knots were used before writing to record events.
Unlike the Peruvian quipu, there are no known existing examples of these records, although there are many references to the practice of recording events in knots in historical
literature, such as the Dao de Jing, the Yi Jing, Yi Zu, and the Tsui Chronicle.
One of the few places where knotted records are still made is on Okinawa, here in Japan.
This quote is from the Dao De Jing, chapter 80 as translated by Wing-Tsit Chan in A Source Book in Chinese Philosophy, P175.

images of Okinawan knotted records

The original file names are as follows:
warazan.jpg
Son_Warazan_02092003_1652.jpg
Warazan_5179.jpg

Ha! Found one! I was probably searching on "okinawa knot records" or some variation thereof. I will try to replicate the search and find more of the original files, but until then there's people waiting on my for dinner and I'm already late... 8(

Looking for "warazan" which is the name of the images above, I came across this page which is clearly talking about both warazan (Okinawan knotted records?) and quipu. In Japanese.

Another link to help your research, The Ethnomathematics Digital Library (the rabbit hole gets pretty deep pretty quickly, eh? 8).

A khipu blog (khipu == quipu) that regularly references Chinese knotted records.

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