1 December 2011

Lecture

Florinda de Simini

Florinda de Simini, MA
CSMC / University of Turin, Italy

Treasures of Knowledge:
Manuscripts in Pre-modern India according to Sanskrit Literary Sources

Despite the supposed prevalence of orality in Indian literary culture, an old prejudice that has often affected the views of Western scholars, Indian texts do speak of manuscripts as supports for the transmission and preservation of knowledge, giving also useful information on the writing materials, as well as on the way to correct the manuscripts and the ritual of their copying, worshipping and donation. We will match the information deduced from the literary sources, mainly Indian religious texts in Sanskrit, with the evidences furnished by the extant manuscripts, to better elucidate some aspects regarding both the idea and the production of manuscripts in premodern India.