By Richard Salomon
This booklet offers a common survey of all of the inscriptional fabric within the Sanskrit, Prakrit, and sleek Indo-Aryan languages, together with donative, dedicatory, panegyric, ritual, and literary texts carved on stone, steel, and different fabrics. This fabric includes many millions of files relationship from more than a few greater than millennia, present in India and the neighboring international locations of South Asia, in addition to in lots of elements of Southeast, important, and East Asia. The inscriptions are written, for the main half, within the Brahmi and Kharosthi scripts and their many sorts and derivatives.Inscriptional fabrics are of specific significance for the research of the Indian global, constituting the main targeted and actual old and chronological info for almost all features of conventional Indian tradition in historical and medieval instances. Richard Salomon surveys the whole corpus of Indo-Aryan inscriptions when it comes to their contents, languages, scripts, and old and cultural value. He provides this fabric in one of these means as to make it beneficial not just to Indologists but additionally non-specialists, together with folks operating in different elements of Indian or South Asian stories, in addition to students of epigraphy and old historical past and tradition in different areas of the area.
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JA, ser. 8, vol. ; see also Revue Semitique 3, 1895, 256ff. For full references, see n. 6. 61. See, for example, SAI 109-11. Diringer's account in The Alphabet, 335, of the adherents of the derivation of Brahml from Greek is inaccurate and misconstrues the views of some of the persons cited, notably of Emile Senart, who really suggested (in his review of Cunningham's Inscriptions of Asoka, JA, ser. 7, vol. 13, 1879, 535) nothing more than an "influence grecque . . exterieure et secondaire" on the monumental character of the script.
Mitramisra's Vyavaharaprakasa; see BIP 1 n. 3 and PIP 3 n. " 4. It is thus not a coincidence that the art of calligraphy is more highly developed in Buddhist and Jaina manuscript traditions than in Brahmanical circles. 5. 135 in E. Senart's edition [Paris: L'Imprimerie Nationale, 1882]) also has a similar list of thirty-two scripts. 6. The list, according to the edition of S. 125-6 reads: (1) Brahml (2) KharostI (3) Puskarasarl (4) Angalipi (5) Varigalipi (6) Magadhalipi (7) Maiigalyalipi (8) Arigullyalipi (9) Sakarilipi (10) Brahmavalilipi (11) Parusyalipi (12) Dravidalipi (13) Kiratalipi (14) Daksinyalipi (15) Ugralipi (16) Samkhyalipi (17) Anulomalipi (18) Avamurdhalipi (19) Daradalipi (20) Khasyalipi (21) Clnalipi (22) Lunalipi (23) Hunalipi (24) Madhyaksaravistaralipi (25) Puspalipi (26) Devalipi (27) Nagalipi (28) Yaksalipi (29) Gandharvalipi (30) Kinnaralipi (31) Mahoragalipi (32) Asuralipi (33) Garudalipi (34) Mrgacakralipi (35) Vayasarutalipi (36) Bhaumadevalipi (37) Antariksadevalipi (38) Uttarakurudvlpalipi (39) AparagaudanTlipi (40) Purvavidehalipi (41) Utksepalipi (42) Niksepalipi (43) Viksepalipi (44) Praksepalipi (45) Sagaralipi (46) Vajralipi (47) Lekhapratilekhalipi (48) Anudrutalipi (49) Sastravarta [*lipi] (50) Gananavartalipi (51) Utksepavartalipi (52) Niksepavartalipi (53) Padalikhitalipi (54) Dviruttarapadasandhilipi (55) Yavaddasottarapadasandhilipi (56) Madhyaharinllipi (57) Sarvaruta-samgrahanTlipi (58) Vidyanulomavimisritalipi (59) Rsitapastapta rocamana [*lipi] (60) Dharanipreksinllipi (61) Gaganapreksimlipi (62) Sarvausadhinisyanda [*lipi] (63) Sarvasarasamgrahani [*lipi] (64) SarvabhutarutagrahanT [*lipi].
From a practical point of view, one could easily imagine a system wherein a simple vowel cancellation marker would be put to use to eliminate the need for all conjuncts. But, in fact, this was not done, whether because the conventions of the system had become so 31. , The Asiatic Society Monograph Series, vol. 15 [Calcutta: Asiatic Society, 1968], 49-56; see also Gelb, op. , 188). This is plausible on historical grounds, in view of well-attested trade contacts between India and East Africa in ancient times.