NEW BOOK! Buddhism Illuminated: Manuscript Art from Southeast Asia
by San San May and Jana Igunma
Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia are centers for the preservation of local artistic
traditions. Chief among these are manuscripts, a vital source for our understanding
of Buddhist ideas and practices in the region. They are also a beautiful art form,
too little understood in the West.
The book introduces finely painted copies of Buddhist scriptures, literary works, historical
narratives, and works on traditional medicine, law, cosmology, and fortune-telling.
Buddhism Illuminated includes over one hundred examples of Buddhist art, relating each
manuscript to Theravada tradition and beliefs, and introducing the historical, artistic,
and religious contextsof their production.
It is the first book in English to showcase the beauty and variety of Buddhist
manuscript art and reproduces many works that have never before been photographed.
Available from all major booksellers off- and online. ISBN 9780712352062
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