[INDOLOGY] texts

Herman Tull hermantull at gmail.com
Sun Feb 24 17:57:23 EST 2013

A few weeks ago I initiated a discussion of the number of Sanskrit mss, and
I appreciate the answers I received to this question.

I have a related question--something I have been asked, and simply have not
been able to find any sort of answer. Is there a rough figure for the
number of works written in Sanskrit?  In other words, if we were to visit a
Sanskrit Library wherein one copy of every work written in Sanskrit had
been deposited, how many books would be on the shelves?

The parameters of this are a bit rough, since we would need to think beyond
the "usual suspects," and include Buddhist texts, assorted commentaries,
works written outside India (Southeast Asia?).  I also realize that what we
think of as a "book" in the West is not quite the same in India (where
texts often have their origins in collections based on multi-authored

But, given all this, might we say there are tens of thousands, or hundreds
of thousands...or more, discrete works composed in Sanskrit?

Thanks for your thoughts on this.

Herman Tull
Princeton, NJ
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