Palm Leaf Buddhist Text
Item No. : 擺文031
Collected in Keng-ma, Yunnan, 1936
Length 4.3, width 55.0
Palm leafs were used as a support for writing in ancient India from. As the first century A.D. Ever since they have been used for Buddhist texts in South and Southeast Asia. Buddhist palm leaf manuscripts were used by the Tai people in Yunnan in early twentieth century when researchers from Academia Sinica collected them for the Institute. Many of these manuscripts are in Pail, the classical language of Buddhist texts in areas where Theravada Buddhism predominates.