Palm Leaf Manuscripts

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A Burmese parabaik manuscript (top) on mulberry paper with engraved wood cover. The Burmese word, parabaik, is a generic term for the locally produced folding books which fold backwards and forwards in concertina fashion.

This parabaik manuscript (bottom), created in 1895 at a monastery in Burma, records a section of the Tipitaka, the Buddhist Pali Canon, in the Shan language.

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