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Text and Bitext in Middle Cambodia
Stone inscriptions carved at Angkor Wat and other Cambodian temples between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries cite or quote from over twenty different Buddhist titles. This talk identifies these titles on the basis of surviving palm-leaf manuscripts in Cambodia and situates them in the broader history of Southeast Asian Buddhism. Most of these titles were transmitted and performed as “bitexts,” including those composed in a bilingual Pali-Khmer sermon format. The epigraphic evidence confirms the primacy of bitexts in Theravada intellectual life during this period, forcing us to rethink the relationship between vernacular and cosmopolitan discourse in mainland Southeast Asia.

Oct 14, 2021 02:00 PM in Hawaii

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