Apr 24, 2014
Apr 24, 2014
Apr 24, 2014

Kammavacha: Buddhist Ordination Text

Kammavacha: Buddhist Ordination Text

1800s

Myanmar

(Burma)

Cover: lacquer, gilding, and glass appliqué on wood; leaves: lacquer and gilding on cloth

Cover: 13.1 cm (5 3/16 in.)

Edward L. Whittemore Fund 1945.172

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The Pali text of this manuscript is written in Burmese square script, which is also known as "tamarind seed script."

Description

In premodern Burma, lay people commissioned lavishly ornamented manuscripts for ceremonial occasions, when officiants would read aloud from the text. Such ceremonies included the entry of a family member to a monastic order, the promotion of a novice to fully ordained monk, or the establishment of a new monastery building. The text includes ordination rites and procedures for monastic ceremonies. The presentation of the manuscript to the monastery was considered an act of spiritual merit that would benefit the donor’s family and community.

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