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The manuscript is the text taken from the Dhammapada-datthakathā. Handwritten by Gogerly in the Sinhalese script, probably before November 6, 1847 in Sri Lanka (Ceylon). No English translation. The original text is the commentary on the Dhammapada, and is ascribed to jātaka-aṭṭhakathās - the traditional commentaries explaining the canonical Theravada Buddhist jātakas, the tales concerning the previous births of Gautama Buddha. It contains stories similar to those of the jātakas and explains the occasions on which the Dhammapada verses were uttered. It was written in the last centuries BCE. 65 blue pages; the text is written only on one side of a sheet. Slightly fragile. 21.1cmX17.3cm.

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