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By Justin Nadir on October 22nd, 2013

I am pleased to announce the publication of a book showcasing an illustrated samut khoi from 18th century Siam that is currently held in the Bodleian Library, Oxford:

Illuminating the Life of the Buddha: An Illustrated Chanting Book from Eighteenth Century Siam
Naomi Appleton, Sarah Shaw and Toshiya Unebe
Bodleian Library Publishing, 2013. Price £35 / $65 (Hardback, with 86 full colour illustrations)
http://www.bodleianbookshop.co.uk/display.asp?K=9781851242832
Also distributed by Chicago University Press.

The manuscript depicts the final ten jātakas of the great Pāli Jātaka collection along with one Paññāsa Jātaka story, followed by scenes from the final life of the Buddha up until the distribution of his relics. All of these images are reproduced in the book along with some background to the manuscript and discussion of its history and contents, and a retelling of the stories and episodes depicted. There are also some additional images from comparable manuscripts and Thai temple murals. We hope that colleagues will find it an enjoyable and interesting read.

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  • San February 13th, 2016 1:20 pm

    I loved the book! As a microbiologist, I noicetd a couple of errors. Small pox is a virus, not a bacteria’ as the book said. Also, when you receive a small pox vaccination, cow pox virus is used, not small pox virus. Therefore, you can’t get or give small pox from a vaccination. The DNA stuff was right on, though.