Thai Mon Manuscripts Now Online

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Dear Colleagues,
 
In early 2019, I got a small grant from the Endangered Archives Programme at the British Library to do a survey of Mon-language/Mon-script texts kept in historically Mon monasteries throughout central Thailand.
 
In Burma, Mon-language manuscripts have been well-documented and digitized, but the collections in Thailand have received little attention in part because very few Thai Mons can read or write the language.
 
The BL has put the materials up online, which include several examples of literature, medicine, and some Jātaka stories, including one in beautifully-illustrated folding paper-book form.
 
 
I don't think they've put up all the site photographs I also submitted, but I am happy to share them too.
 
I am scheduled to spend another full year working through other collections starting later this year.
 
I want to thank SEA Junction (seajunction.org) and the Princess Mahachakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre (https://sac.or.th/main/) for all their help.
 
 
Patrick McCormick