Sunday, 23 June 2013

Duke University awarded grant from the British Library's Endangered Archives Programme

You will be interested and pleased to know that Duke University has received a grant from the British Library's Endangered Archives Programme. Full information has just been released on the Duke University Libraries Blog so do take a look.

Menri Monastery in Northern India possesses the world's largest collection of manuscripts relating to Bön, the pre-Buddhist religion of Tibet. All photos by Edward Proctor. 

Pechas, or traditional Tibetan books, consist of loose leaves of handmade paper wrapped in cloth, placed between wooden boards, and secured with a belt. 
The collection also includes many tsakli, or handmade colorfully-illustrated initiation cards employed in various rituals.