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Local Literatures: Mainland Southeast Asia
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The literatures of what are today the Theravāda countries of mainland Southeast Asia – Burma, Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand – are intimately connected to the development of Buddhism in the region. The earliest examples of written texts in the vernacular languages of Southeast Asia are generally associated in some way with Buddhism, for they often mention Buddhist concepts, were inscribed at Buddhist temples, or were written by Buddhist monks. Li…

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Daniel Veidlinger, “Local Literatures: Mainland Southeast Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Buddhism Online, Editor-in-Chief: Consulting Editors: Jonathan A. Silk, Oskar von Hinüber, Vincent Eltschinger. Consulted online on 28 June 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2467-9666_enbo_COM_0081>
First published online: 2020
First print edition: 20151231

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