help about script
- Dear Freinds ,
Pls guide me about the following things.
1. Which is the script of Pali ? is it same of Samskrit ?
2. Is there any site which contains suttas with it's original script ? If yes, is it downloadable ?
Thank you. Regards.
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- Rudrakasha Sakrikar:
Pâli, unlike Sanskrit, is written in different South
and Southeast Asian scripts, such as the Sinhala
script in Sri Lanka and the Thai script in Thailand,
among other regional scripts. Sanskrit is more
traditionally associated with the Devanâgarî script,
although the Devanâgarî script is also used to write
some modern Indian languages, such as Hindî, Marathi
and Nepali, among others. This is probably the main
reason that the Pâli Text Society devised the
transliterated Roman (Latin) script for all of their
Pâli text publications, as some measure to ensure that
Pâli could be studied with some degree of ease and
without having a Pâli student spend time in gaining
proficiency in a script for which learning materials
might not be readily available.
Because most of the principal Pâli texts have been
transliterated into the Roman (Latin) alphabet with
appropriate diacritical marks, there are relatively
few web sites that reproduce original Pâli
manuscripts, to my knowledge. However, there are many
other members of this list, who could address the
question of the availability of Pâli original
manuscripts on the Internet and elsewhere.
If you have an inclination to be able to work with and
translate original Pâli sources and manuscripts, I
might suggest that you acquire a reading knowledge of
the Sinhala script for this purpose, since Sri Lanka
seems to have the greatest number of surviving
manuscripts, as well as the most critical need to have
these surviving Pâli manuscripts cataloged and
preserved, before they are lost to the elements for
I hope that this reply answers some of your questions.
I encourage other members of this list to also reply
to this very good question on Pâli writing systems and
the availability of Pâli manuscripts on the Net.
--- rudra sakrikar <rudra_sakrikar@...> wrote:
> Dear Freinds ,
> Pls guide me about the following things.
> 1. Which is the script of Pali ? is it same of
> Samskrit ?
> 2. Is there any site which contains suttas with it's
> original script ? If yes, is it downloadable ?
> Thank you. Regards.
> Rudrakasha Sakrikar
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> protection around
> [Non-text portions of this message have been
- --- Geoff Morrison <sanskrit_studies@...> skrev:
> Rudrakasha Sakrikar:According to Coulson's "Teach Yourself Sanskrit" (a
> Pâli, unlike Sanskrit, is written in different South
> and Southeast Asian scripts, such as the Sinhala
> script in Sri Lanka and the Thai script in Thailand,
> among other regional scripts. Sanskrit is more
> traditionally associated with the Devanâgarî script,
> although the Devanâgarî script is also used to write
> some modern Indian languages, such as Hindî, Marathi
> and Nepali, among others.
very good primer, by the way), Devanagari became the
standard script for Sanskrit as late as the 18th
century A. D., thus less than 300 years ago. Before
that, Sanskrit was, just as Pali still is, written in
the local script, whichever that happened to be; so
even Sanskrit doesn't have an original script.
- You can find the Romanised Tipitaka Online at:
You can order a CD for private study here:
This can be read in any of several Asian scripts.