Sanskrit manuscripts

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Sanskrit manuscripts, as well as other Indic-language manuscripts, are of great interest to modern-day scholars.

Over the last century, the following collections of Sanscrit manuscripts have been re-discovered by modern scholars:

Within Tibetan monasteries

Many Sanskrit manuscripts have been preserved within monasteries in Tibet.

Thousands of Indian texts from a similar period fell to ruin, both on account of the failure to systematically preserve them and because of the tropical climate. In the high altitude of Tibet, many manuscripts have remained untouched over hundreds of years, even as they lay forgotten in the storerooms of monasteries, and scholars say, they could survive another millennium... So far, more than 500 bundles of palm leaves have been discovered-each containing thousands of lines of text-and Tibet's monasteries could very well hold many more. Most of this text was hundreds of years ago copied in India and Nepal, and brought to Tibet.[1]


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