SV: Mnemonics in Ancient India

L.S.Cousins selwyn at NTLWORLD.COM
Sun May 21 18:40:21 UTC 2000

Dear Lars,

>What are the longest texts known to have been memorized verbatim?
>(Not retelling in the usual oral poetry way, but repeating word for word)

There are a very small number of monks in Burma today who are
recognized as having memorized the whole Pali Canon. That's more than
26M on my hard disk !

But I have no idea how accurate they are or how much they made use of
the written texts in learning.

Lance Cousins

selwyn at

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