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Kammavaca: Burmese Buddhist ordination manuscripts

Friday, February 17, 2017

Kammavaca is a Pali term describing an assemblage of passages from the Tipitaka – the Theravada Buddhist canon – that relate to ordination, the bestowing of robes, and other rituals of monastic life. A Kammavaca is a highly ornamental type...

New collections online - February 2017

Thursday, February 9, 2017

This month we have three new collections added to the EAP website: Buddhist manuscripts from Laos, and Tamil and Burmese studio photography. EAP737/4/4/31 - Studio Portrait Photo Prints [1955-1978] EAP737: Representing Self and Family. Preserving early Tamil studio photography Photography...

Abdul Samad of Palembang, Malay guide to the writings of al-Ghazālī

Monday, February 6, 2017

Abdul Samad (ca. 1704-1791) from Palembang in south Sumatra (‘Abd al-Ṣamad al-Falimbānī) was the most prominent and influential Malay religious scholar of the 18th century, who spent most of his life studying, teaching and writing in the Arabian peninsula. From...

The Year of the Rooster, from a Thai perspective

Friday, January 27, 2017

According to the Chinese luni-solar calendar, the Year of the Rooster (or Chicken) begins on the 28th January 2017. It falls on the day of the new moon halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. A variety of...

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Raffle's Ark Redrawn: Natural History Drawings from the Collection of Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles

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