Duke University has received a grant from the British Library’s Endangered Archives Programme to digitize and preserve a trove of ancient religious manuscripts related to Bon, the pre-Buddhist religion of Tibet.
The Menri Monstery in India’s Himachal Pradesh state owns the largest collection of Bon manuscripts in the world. Most were rescued from monasteries in Tibet which were destroyed during the cultural revolution.
The manuscripts cover many subjects such as history, grammar, medicine, music and biographies of prominent Bon teachers.
Read the detailed illustrated announcement here.
The British Library’s Endangered Manuscripts Programme is here .