Tai Ahoms and the Stars: Three Ritual Texts to Ward Off Danger

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B. J. Terwiel, Ranoo Wichasin
SEAP Publications, Jan 1, 1992 - Foreign Language Study - 170 pages
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Studies on Southeast Asia 10

The ancient but not completely forgotten language of Ahom (part of a culture that once dominated the Brahmaputra Valley in India) has been marked by a lack of competent critical and scholarly study. The present authors aim to correct this: in their work they include a useful introduction to the state of Ahom studies and about linguistic problems and possibilities. The three primary texts studied are presented in their Ahom characters, in transliteration, and in translation into Thai and English, and are the subjects of both literary and historical interpretation. In the final section, the scholar J. C. Eade presents an essay entitled Astronomy in the Texts: Is there any Coherence? The relevant pages from the three original manuscripts that gave rise to the established texts are reproduced here as well.

  

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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
1
THE THREE TEXTS IN AHOM CHARACTERS
29
THE THREE TEXTS IN TRANSLITERATION TAI COGNATES
41
Footnotes to Text A
52
Footnotes to Text B
78
Footnotes to Text C
88
IS THERE ANY COHERENCE?
111
THE THREE MANUSCRIPTS
120
INTRODUCTION TO THE GLOSSARY
143
LITERATURE CITED
162
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