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Myanmar Traditional Medicine on Palm-leaf Manuscripts Collected in Universities' Central Library
- At the eras of birth of Myanmar Traditional medicine, Bagan and Tagaung, Myanmar used Palm-leaf and Parabaik Manuscripts to document medicinal matters. Myanmar traditional Medicine treatise appeared along with the historical development of eras and all the written and translated medicine treatises were documented in (manuscript) Palm-leaf and Parabaik manuscripts. Those manuscripts can be classified into myin ni, myin net, myin phyu, kyan sit, shwe pane and etc. Medicinal treatises can be found in all these kinds of Pay. At present time , in this world, there may be two kinds of Medicine. One is traditional and the other is modern medicine. In other words it can be called Western medicine and Oriental medicine. Whereas Western medicine is called Pathi and Oriental medicine is called (Ayurvedic).Myanmar traditional medicine developed from Oriental medicine (Ayurvedic ). In Myanmar, there developed about four kinds of medicinal studies. They are: 1. Beindaw or Ayurvedic, medicinal studies 2. Abhidhama medicinal studies based on the Buddhist Ahbidhama 3. Astrological medicinal studies 4. Payawga medicine (paranormal medicine) Every civilized nation has their own races, ancient culture, literature heritage and they are preserved and stored with reverence and esteem. So also, one of the largest academic library of Myanmar, Universities' Central Library collects and preserves ancient manuscripts as a national heritages treasure. We do it as duty of national cause.
Daw Yu Yu Tin
- University of Yangon, Myanmar
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