Hinduism and Tribal Religions

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Manuscripts (Hinduism)

  • Deepro Chakraborty
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1036-5_155-1

Synonyms

Definition

The word “manuscript” has many meanings. It can refer to a handwritten document, a codex, or a book or any work before publication. In historical and religious parlance, however, the term “manuscript” usually refers only to those handwritten documents which have certain historical, literary, or artistic importance in terms of their content, illumination, illustration, or calligraphy. Unlike inscriptions that are engraved on stones, metallic plates, or coins, Indian manuscripts have birch barks, palm leaves, or papers as their writing supports.

Manuscripts in the realm of Hinduism may refer to those which consist of texts (religious or secular) composed by Hindu authors, the major bulk of which are written in Sanskrit and Prakrit, while others are in other South and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of History and ClassicsUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada