When did the gods become literate? Was: Are the gods literate?
smadhuresan at YAHOO.COM
Wed Nov 3 22:28:38 UTC 1999
PKM:More specifically, are there references to Buddhism and
PKM:writing in the Ramayana?
There is not much reference to Buddhism and writing in the Ram.
The Ram. may predate writing in buddhism.
Modeled after brahminical religion, the early hinayana concentrates mainly
on oral transmission. From aural to visual/writing transition happens
in the mahayana phase of buddhism. Many mahayana sutras are written
in the Dravidian south, Andhra and Kanchi. Contrasting the northern
nonpreference for writing with the praise for it in the south, one can say
buddhist writings got a thrust from the south. The patronage from the
sea-faring merchant communities of tamil/telugu coasts was important
for the writing and spread of buddhist sutras to southeast/east asia.
The southeast asian scripts originate from the Pallava grantha letters.
Even the earliest buddhist sayings get written down in the far south (Lanka).
Do You Yahoo!?
Bid and sell for free at http://auctions.yahoo.com
More information about the INDOLOGY