THE COMPLETE COLLECTION OF BIRCH BARK MANUSCRIPTS FROM XARBUHYN BALGAS

In September 2018, the National Library of Mongolia, in cooperation with the Soyombo publishing house and the Institute of History and Archeology of the Mongolian Academy of Science, published the facsimiles of the birch-bark manuscripts from Xarbuhyn Balgas stored at the Library. The facsimiles contain over 2800 life-sized color pictures and stock numbers of the Library, and relevant historical information of the manuscripts. 

The 17th century manuscripts were discovered in 1970 inside a collapsed stupa at the ruins of Xarbuhyn Balgas during the Mongolian-Soviet archaeological expedition on the territory Dashinchilen Somon, Bulgan Aimak. The manuscripts contain several dozen books on Buddhist theology and legislations and were written on birch barks with bamboo pen and black ink. The manuscripts range in size from 10.5×6.4 cm, to 11.0×6.3cm to 22.8×9.2 cm. Except for few books in Tibetan, all the books were written in Mongol script. In 1992 these manuscripts were brought to the restoration center at the University of Bonn and finally came back to Mongolia in 2012. The German funded restoration project spanned almost 2 decades. 

It is the publishers hope that this book will become a practical tool for future scientific and research endeavors in Mongolian Studies.

Nima

International Cooperation


THE COMPLETE COLLECTION OF BIRCH BARK MANUSCRIPTS FROM XARBUHYN BALGAS
THE COMPLETE COLLECTION OF BIRCH BARK MANUSCRIPTS FROM XARBUHYN BALGAS


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