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Stone Inscriptions: An Early Written Medium in Bhutan and its Public Uses

Ardussi, John

In: Media and public culture: Proceedings of the Second International Seminar on Bhutan Studies. Centre for Bhutan Studies, Thimphu 2007, pp. 4-18 . ISBN 99936-14-41-6

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Abstract

The mani wall is, altogether, a form of public work, a medium of communication created by local communities to cement the social fabric and to articulate a common dedication to the principles of Buddhism. It is a kind of public message board that communicates an essentially Buddhist theme of mindfulness, devotion, and community spirit. The inscription stones may contain simple prayers, or in their later forms significant historical information about the sponsors, creators, artisans, and their times. It is an endangered cultural heritage worthy of study and preservation.

Document type: Book Section
Date Deposited: 6 April 2009
ISBN: 99936-14-41-6
Faculties / Institutes: Research Organisations / Academies > Centre for Bhutan Studies
DDC-classification: History of ancient world
Controlled Subjects: Bhutan, Inschrift
Uncontrolled Keywords: Steininschrift , Gebetswand, Bhutan , Stone Inscription
Subject (classification): History and Archaeology
Countries/Regions: Bhutan

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