Complete Translation of the Thūpavaṃsa part 1 (transcribed)

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The manuscript is a copy of Gogerly's translation of the Thūpavaṃsa, completed in the middle of the 19th century in Sri Lanka (Ceylon). The item contains 62 loose sheets; the text being written on one side. It seems that Gogerly's translation was transcribed by two people, as the cursive on pages 1-25 is different from the one on pages 25-63. Translated from Pāli or Sinhalese to English. The text is written in black ink and contains many corrections. The Thūpavaṃsa narrates the history of the relics of Śākyamuni Buddha, and contains a rich depiction of the institutionalisation of the Buddha-Śāsana in Ceylon during the reigns of kings Aśoka and Devanampiyatissa, as well as the construction of relic monuments by the later king Duṭṭhagāmaṇī. The central focus of this work concerns the variety of relics associated with the historical Buddha, particularly how the relics were acquired and the presumed benefits of venerating them. Translated from Pali or Sinhalese. Approx. 31.7cmX21.7cm.

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