People believe manga originated in Japan. In my study of Asian art, it goes farther back to China, where the Japanese borrowed the ideographic form of writing and the pre-modern motion picture of the horizontal scroll.
The horizonal scroll was not meant to be seen entirely unravelled and viewed under glass, as you may have been shown in the museums, but was intended to be unrolled one segment at at time by the viewer. He or she may see a tiny figure traveling right to left on the back of a donkey over a bridge, into a village up into mountain on a meandering path, back down into the valley and crossing a bridge overlooking a water fall The word man-ga in Chinese is man-hua, written using the same two ideographs.
Official Pub date May 10, 2010
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