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Burmese Kammavaca | Palm Leaf Prayer Manuscripts
Gilded Parabaik Lacquered Shan Buddhist Manuscript

Burmese Shan Parabaik Buddhist Manuscript
Length: 42.5cm
Width: 19cm
Thickness: 4.5cm

Side One Burmese Gold And Silver Kammavaca Pali Manuscript

Burmese Gold and silver Kammavaca Pali Manuscript
19th-19th Century
Length: 57cm
Width: 14cm
Weight: 2.8 kg.

Burmese Palm Leaf Pali Manuscript With Gilded Outer Covers

Burmese Palm Leaf Pali Manuscript
19th century or earlier
Length: 51cm
Thickness: 23cm
Weight: 2.6kg

Burmese Kammavaca Pali Prayer Manuscript

Burmese Kammavaca Pali Prayer Manuscript
Length: 59cm
Width: 14.5cm
Height: 5cm
Weight: 2.6kg

Burmese Paysar Prayer Manuscript With Wooden Ends

Burmese Palm leaf manuscript also referred to as Paysar
19th Century
Height: 17cm
Length: 48cm including covers
Width: 5cm

Burmese Paysar Pali Manuscript

Burmese Paysar Pali Manuscript
19th Century
Length: 50cm
Width: 17cm

Weight: 2.85kg.

Burmese Kammavaca Palm Leaf Prayer Manuscripts

Burmese Kammavaca | Palm Leaf Prayer Manuscripts

The texts written in the Burmese Kammavaca | Palm leaf Prayer Manuscripts, written in Burmese script originates from the Pali language of India.

The Theravada School of Buddhism adhered to in Burma for hundreds of years was formalized as the main form of religion during the reign of  King Anawrahta of Pagan between 1044A.D. and 1077A.D. Few other Buddhist country’s has kept this faith more sheltered from change than has Burma.

The Pali language is closely related to Sanskrit. The Tripitaka (Pali, Tipitaka), the Buddhist name for the three great groups of canonical texts.

  • Vinaya – The Vinaya, as known in Burma, is the monastic code handed down by the Theravadin sect in Ceylon, that is the sect professing the doctrine Theravadin.
  • Sutta, and Abhidhamma – known as the Abhidhammatthasangaha, also of Sinhalese origin.
  • Pitahas “baskets” is known in Burma as the Pali recension consecrated in Ceylon.

The text within the Kammavaca manuscripts are the formal monastic acts or ceremonies prescribed in the Vinaya.  Burmese Kammavaca manuscripts have been produced in many forms such as Ivory, palm leaf, metal and stiffened cloth in varying sizes.

The traditional Burmese and Mon manuscripts present the text in lacquered black “tamarind seed” lettering on an ornate gilt red and gold (or silver) background, on both sides of the leaves. The Tai Khun use black ink lettering on white paper accordion books, the covers of which have stenciled designs, often in silver and red lacquer.

Usually these Burmese Kammavaca and Palm leaf manuscripts (Paysar) are held together with bamboo sticks holding the pages together and a narrow hand woven ribbon called sasigyo or sarsekyo made from silk, cotton, or felt is wound around the outside of a manuscript to hold it together.

The weaving in the sasigyo includes either text or patterns, or both. Informative articles on the Burmese Kammavaca and Palm Leaf Prayer Manuscripts.

Burmese Kammavaca | Palm Leaf Prayer Manuscripts

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