- Palm leaf manuscript
Palm leaf manuscripts are
manuscripts made out of dried palm leaves. They were used to record actual and mythical narratives in South Asiaand in South East Asia. It was the paper of the ancient world. Initially knowledge was passed down orally, after the invention of alphabetsin South Asia, people eventually began to write them down in dried palm leaves of Palmyra palmor talipot palm.Once written down, each document had limited time frame before which the document had to be rewritten or copied onto new sets of dried palm leaves. With the spreading of Indian culture to South-East Asia countries such as Thailand, Cambodiaand Malaysiaare also are home to a collection of documents in Palm leaves. With the addition of printing presses in the early 19th century this cycle of copying from palm leaves has come to an end. Many governments are making efforts to preserve what is left of the palm leaves documents. [ [http://www.xlweb.com/heritage/asian/palmleaf.htm IAS Memory of Asia palm-leaf manuscript preservation ] ] [ [http://www.asianart.com/articles/tamsuks/ Conservation and Digitisation of Rolled Palm Leaf Manuscripts in Nepal ] ]
In 1997 The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation
UNESCOrecognised the "Tamil Medical Manuscript Collection" as Memory of the World Register.
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