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10944Re: SV: [Pali] Pali wikipedia - brahmi script

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  • Jacques Huynen
    Jan 2, 2007
      Hello Konrad,

      Would you have any precisions, and possibly
      references, to these discoveries in Southern India
      that would push back Brahmi syllabary up to he time of
      the Buddha ?

      Thanks,

      Jacques Huynen
      --- akoddsson <konrad_oddsson@...> wrote:

      > Ashoka used the Brahmi script in his inscriptions,
      > which was usual in
      > India at the time. Brahmi was probably originally
      > invented to write
      > Sanskrit and dialects older than Pali, but was no
      > doubt used to write
      > Pali in the Buddha's time (originally a
      > Magadhi-dialect, I think).
      > New finds from south India have pushed the dating of
      > Brahmi back from
      > Ashoka's time to the Buddha's, giving us every
      > reason to believe that
      > this was the Buddha's alphabet. There are some
      > variations in the
      > characters, which were variously used for
      > rock-inscriptions, palm-
      > leaf-writing, etc.. Macintosh has a Brahmi-font
      > available, based on
      > the forms in Ashoka's inscriptions. The alphabets of
      > India, Burma,
      > Tailand, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Tibet, etc. (most
      > south-east Asian
      > alphabets) all derive from Brahmi, which makes it
      > the ideal alphabet
      > for writing Pali, in my opinion, not to mention that
      > Buddha himself
      > would almost certainly have understood it. Anyway,
      > that's my brief
      > input on the script-issue. There are Wikipedia
      > articles and various
      > other items online about Brahmi, some showing the
      > alphabet. I have
      > seem the Macintosh Brahmi font, and it looks very
      > nice :)
      >
      > A.K.Oddsson
      >
      > --- In Pali@yahoogroups.com, Gunnar Gällmo
      > <gunnargallmo@...> wrote:
      > >
      > > --- Eukesh Ranjit <eukeshranjit@...> skrev:
      > >
      > > > Wandanaa all,
      > > > I found the link to this group in Pali wikipedia
      > > > (online free to edit
      > > > and free to use encyclopedia in Pali language).
      > > > Currently, I am the
      > > > administrator there. However, the wikipedia is
      > not
      > > > doing well due to
      > > > lack of articles in the language. The lack of
      > > > articles might have been
      > > > due to lack of knowledge of Devnagari amongst
      > users.
      > >
      > > Why Devanagari? As far as I know, Devanagari has
      > been
      > > used for Pali only for a very short time, and only
      > > locally in India. Devanagari became standard
      > script
      > > for Sanskrit in the 18th century, not earlier, and
      > > Pali still doesn't have a standard script.
      > Sinhalese,
      > > Burmese and Thai scripts (perhaps Khmer script as
      > > well) are probably more used than Devanagari for
      > Pali,
      > > but the only Pali script that is used more than
      > > locally may be Roman.
      > >
      > > I think the main problem for the Pali Wikipedia is
      > the
      > > fact that very few people have an active writing
      > > capacity in Pali. For most of us it is an "input
      > > language", a language which we try to read and
      > > understand out of interest in the Pali texts, but
      > not
      > > a language in which we are able to express
      > ourselves
      > > freely.
      > >
      > > Gunnar
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      >
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