Astangahrdaya e-text

Dominik Wujastyk ucgadkw at
Thu Jun 12 11:50:32 UTC 1997

Thanks to the monumental labour and generosity of Prof. R. P. Das and
Prof. R. E. Emmerick, I am now able to announce the free availability of
the machine-readable text of the Astangahrdayasamhita by Vagbhata. 

This classic text of ayurveda, composed in Sind in about AD 600, rapidly
became the defining text for the Indian medical tradition.

The files are

They are available via the INDOLOGY web site
or by direct anonymous ftp from

There are two versions of the text in the zip file.  One is the raw text,
encoded using the CSX character encoding for transliterated Sanskrit.  The
other is tagged using the conventions of the Text Encoding Initiative
(TEI).  For more on the TEI, see  

I should like to encourage all creators of e-texts to think seriously of
adopting the TEI tagging scheme for the versions of their work which
become public.   This is what the TEI is for, and as a system it works
well, even if it is a bit verbose.  But a text tagged with the TEI scheme
can easily and rapidly be converted for whatever local purpose one may

May I extend my heartfelt thanks to Das and Emmerick for making this file
publicly available for scholarly use.


Dominik Wujastyk               Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine
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