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A Study on the Palm leaf Manuscripts in Thar –Lay (South) Monastery, Thar-Lay Village, Innle Lake, Shan State
- There have been many fine monastic libraries since early period all over Myanmar country. Most of monastic libraries kept mainly hand inscribed Palm leaf manuscripts and handmade paper manuscripts, called Parabikes (folded paper). Now these monastic libraries are disappearing because monks and people did not use these libraries. But some monasteries still remain these rare manuscripts. So, this paper aims to study the palm leaf manuscripts of a monastic library called Thar-Lay (South) Monastery, Thar-Lay village, Innle Lake, Shan State that was established in the early Konbaung period, AD-1789. There are above (704) palm leaf manuscripts. This paper highlights on those palm leaf manuscripts in that Thar-Lay Monastery: what types of manuscripts there are, what kinds of literature (eg. Prose, Poem) there are, which language (Pali or Myanmar) is used, the life of palm leaf, which subjects there are, and how to keep those manuscripts and so on. This study which is not only Myanmar scholars, researchers and monks but also other scholars and researchers from abroad can be able to know that still have those rare palm leaf manuscripts in that monastery and able to study their related subjects in those resources. And the palm leaf manuscripts collection is need to preserve and conserve to exist the Myanmar treasures.
Zin Mar Oo
- University of Yangon, Myanmar