Modern Dongba painting. Winter is a time to celebrate after the harvest's hard work. Bonfires dye the sky red. In the Naxi view, the best way to enjoy this wonderful time is to drink freely and to sing and dance to the heart's content. Under such romantic circumstances, young men and women will court each other with song in the quiet woods, with animals and the moon as witnesses to their love. The dongbas say "singing and dancing gives people long lives; happiness makes life beautiful."
Modern Dongba painting. This is the harvest season. Ripe crops transform the earth to gold. Branches are bowed by the weight of ripened fruit. The people are busy with the harvest. They are pleased to see the fruits of their labor. The dongbas have always said that "hard work deserves the earth's donation of food."
Modern Dongba painting. Mountains and earth turn green with the blowing of the warm spring breeze. With propitious birds flying in the sky and the toling Naxi famers ploughing their fields, the whole world is filled with a new vitality. Along with the seeds in the soil they plant their hopes as well. This fertile land is their source of life. An old dongba saying was: "Plough and sow before you are hungry; dig wells for water before you are thirsty."
Modern Dongba painting. Meadows in the deep forest are the fairylands of the Naxi. Under the blue summer sky and colorful clouds, all kinds of animals can be found there. The shepard's songs resound in the forest. It is time to hunt. An old dongba saying goes: "Lush forests feed abundant animals; the early hunters get the game."