Permanent Collection

Artifacts from Ethnic Groups of Southwestern

Palm Leaf Buddhist Text

Subject & Keywords:

Ethnicity: Tai


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.


Collected in Keng-ma, Yunnan, 1936


Length 4.3, width 55.0