A mystery document, thought to be an ancient Buddhist manuscript dating back to the 19th century, has been found in Manchester .
An expert from a local university has identified the manuscript which has pages made of palm leaves that have to be treated with oil to make them pliable.
The text was found in a box where it has been for 20 years in the Trafford archives.
Dr Tilman Fasch, senior lecturer in history at Manchester Metropolitan University was called upon for his knowledge by Karen Cliff, a local studies specialist at the archives in Trafford to identify the text.
Dr Fasch identified the mystery manuscript as a “nissaya”, a manuscript of rules for Buddhust monks with sections written in an ancient Bali language.
The last page would usually include the date – despite this being missing Dr Tilman estimates its origin at around 1850.
The original manual, Khuddasikkha, was written between 4th-11th century by monk Dhammasirri Theru.
Karen said: “We didn’t know what it was, other than that it was some kind of religious text – we couldn’t read it.”
Chethams library in Manchester housed a similar manuscript, the school directed Karen to Dr Fasch.
She said “It has been in the archives since maybe around 1900 and has been in the box we found it in for 20 years.
“Our mission now is to find out how it came to us – it would be nice if we could give it a little more provenance.”
The manuscript will now be preserved safely in the archives.
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