Vedic manuscripts

Harry Falk falk at ZEDAT.FU-BERLIN.DE
Tue Oct 2 06:34:55 UTC 2007

In my "Schrift im alten Indien", Tübingen 1993, I have tried to cite all 
sources on this topic on pp. 240ff.
H. Falk

Peter Wyzlic schrieb:
> On Mon, 1 Oct 2007 09:36:35 -0700
>  adheesh sathaye <adheesh at OCF.BERKELEY.EDU> wrote:
>> What is the most current assessment of when Vedic texts began to be  
>> transmitted in writing? What is the earliest "hard" evidence--i.e.,  
>> manuscripts and citations? Where did this first start happening, and  
>> in what scripts? Were some Vedic genres (e.g., Upanisads) more  
>> amenable to being represented on paper? Are there any premodern 
>> (commentatorial) discussions of this issue? 
> In his account of India, Al-Biruni (973-1048) says somewhere that the 
> Veda has only recently been put into written form, and that the Indians 
> generally prefer oral transmission. I don't have the reference at hand, 
> but it should be easily located in Sachau's translation.
>> And finally, what about  translation? Had the Vedas been translated 
>> into vernacular or perhaps  non-Indic languages before European 
>> scholarship?
> I think, the "Oupnekhat" (or rather Sirr-e akbar), i.e. the Persian 
> translation of the Upanishads has to be mentioned here.
> Hope it helps
> Peter Wyzlic
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