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Offline aarkay

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Re: Palm Leaf Manuscripts of South & Southeast Asia
« Reply #15 on: July 20, 2014, 04:56:53 PM »
Hi...

As if by some divine happening now I can see the images ::)...
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Re: Palm Leaf Manuscripts of South & Southeast Asia
« Reply #16 on: July 20, 2014, 08:28:15 PM »
Glad it has been resolved.  As a treat, here is another leaf from the first manuscript illustrating Arjuna and Bhishma.  The second manuscript has been fully digitized and hence I will be sending copies to South Asian Digital Library for preservation.  I'll send a link for download for interested parties once it becomes generally available...

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Re: Palm Leaf Manuscripts of South & Southeast Asia
« Reply #17 on: July 20, 2014, 09:59:46 PM »
Ouch! The lying gentleman with newly installed arrow-conditioning seems uncomfortable. What's his story?

Peter
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Re: Palm Leaf Manuscripts of South & Southeast Asia
« Reply #18 on: July 21, 2014, 07:55:41 AM »
Ouch! The lying gentleman with newly installed arrow-conditioning seems uncomfortable. What's his story?

Peter

Hi...

According to a legend ,during the Mahabharata war ….

Bhishma’s body was now pierced all over by arrows so numerous that when he was grievously wounded and fell from his chariot, his body did not touch the earth, but rested on a bed of arrows sticking to his body. By this time, the sun had crossed the equator to the southern hemisphere and he had to wait for an auspicious moment of death which would not be for another six months when the sun returns to the northern hemisphere. Six Months on a bed of arrows! As his head was without support, he asked for a pillow. Though princes brought some pillows, he was not satisfied. Arjuna shot arrows on the ground below his head in such a way as to give a prop befitting the brave warrior. When he asked for water to drink, Arjuna again sent an arrow which pierced earth so deep that water came gushing straight to Bhishma’s lips to quench his thirst! It was as if Mother Ganga herself came to moisten her son’s dry lips…...

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Re: Palm Leaf Manuscripts of South & Southeast Asia
« Reply #19 on: July 21, 2014, 12:14:29 PM »
Thank you, aarkay. The full story is here.

Peter
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Re: Palm Leaf Manuscripts of South & Southeast Asia
« Reply #20 on: July 21, 2014, 12:38:04 PM »
Thanks Aarkay.  This particular scene is from Book 6: Bhishma Parva; Canto 120-122 of the Mahabharat.  Even though he is shot down, Bhishma does not die until the arrival of the winter solstice as it was an auspicious day for him to die.  This is beautifully shown in angkor wat where the sun shines on Bhisma during the winter solstice (there is still a few more days til the solstice arrives in this image):

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Re: Palm Leaf Manuscripts of South & Southeast Asia
« Reply #21 on: July 21, 2014, 03:31:55 PM »
Hi…

Thanks Peter and Quant.Greek for the additional info threads…it brings back nostalgic memories, as a child long, long ago when the television was non existent in India and electricity was available only to a few select major cities and the grandmother’s favorite bed time stories to the children were the various tales of hostility, valor and fighting between the  Asuras(demons) , Devas(benevolent supernatural being)  from the Ramayana and Mahabharata (very often told according to their own interpretation from the Holy Scripture books she was reading daily during prayers) and the victory of good over evil…and the virtues of good …..these tales were further glamorized by the, subsequent commercial television serials which were gathered and collated from the various books on the subject from all parts of the country….these Palm Leaf Manuscripts are in fact another interpretation of these tales from the bygone era…. thanks Quant.Greek….

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