Pali Literature In India

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Introduction I P?li Literature consists of four major divisions as in the canonical (pi?aka), commentarial (a??hakath?), sub-commentarial (??k?) and modern (prakara?a) texts.? The modern texts (prakara?a) cover an extensive range which includes chronicles, grammar, lexicons, sandesa-s etc. Va?sakath? is the literature that records unbroken or continual? history of a person or a thing.? The Va?sakath?, composed and compiled in verses or prose, Camp? and ?khy?na stands apart from other literary features in P?li. Nal??a (lal??a) dh?tuva?sa (hence forth NDV), chronicle of the sacred frontal relics of the Buddha is given less attention by modern P?li and Buddhist scholars. The late Prof. Malalasekara is the only scholar to date who has given a considerable note on the NDV? in his book ?Pali Literature in Ceylon.? Other scholars in the history of P?li Literature appeared not to have drawn their attention to this text as yet.? The NDV, in actual fact is a useful source in historical studies…show more content…
?ear ring of sea?? ?blue rays collected neck of peacock.?? Analyzing the literary features of NDV, some narratives are found too. The story of King N?ga Sumana in the first chapter clearly indicates history and narration. In the fifth chapter, again we find a narrative disclosing the previous life or lives (?) of King K?kava??atissa. The format of this narrative is apparently equal to that of the J?taka stories. Investigating further, the NDV takes in some stanzas and prose which were either directly or indirectly cited from other P?li texts. For instance, direct quotations are taken from the Buddhava?sa,? Mah?va?sa,? and Dhammapada?. (BETTER IF SUPPORTED WITH AN EXAMPLE EACH IF POSSIBLE).And indirectly, it throws open some prose paragraphs which are equal to Thup, too. These similarities might probably be due to the usage of the same Por??a??hakath?. (IT IS GOOD TO SUPPORT WITH SOME

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