Walking the Deckle Edge

Scribe or Author? Jayamuni and the Creation of the Nepalese Avad?nam?l? Literature

Authors

  • Camillo A. Formigatti University of Oxford

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/bsrv.31643

Keywords:

Nepalese manuscripts, textual reuse, avadānamālā literature, jātaka & avadāna, codicology

Abstract

The article presents a preliminary survey of textual reuse in Nepalese collections of j?takas and avad?nas, focusing in particular on three works: the Avad?na?ataka, the Divy?vad?na, and the Dv?vi??atyavad?nakath?. The reassessment of the manuscript tradition of these three Sanskrit collections, based on Nepalese manuscripts and Tibetan translations, sheds more light on the role of scribes in the creation of these collections and of the Nepalese avad?nam?l? literature. In particular, the great role played in the 17th century by the Nepalese scribe and scholar Jayamuni in shaping the text of the Avad?na?ataka, the Divy?vad?na, and many other Buddhist narrative works is brought to light. The result of this preliminary survey shows that a study of this type of collections based on the available critical editions should be rethought in the light of the specific character of their manuscript and textual transmission in medieval and early modern Nepal.

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Published

2017-01-20

How to Cite

Formigatti, C. A. (2017). Walking the Deckle Edge: Scribe or Author? Jayamuni and the Creation of the Nepalese Avad?nam?l? Literature. Buddhist Studies Review, 33(1-2), 101–140. https://doi.org/10.1558/bsrv.31643

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Reuse in Buddhist Narrative Literature