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Local Literatures: Nepal
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The present article treats the literary heritage of the Indic Buddhist tradition surviving in the Kathmandu Valley, that is, “historical” Nepal. (The country known today as Nepal was only formed in the wake of the conquest by the Gorkhas in the mid-18th cent., and it owes its name to that of the valley.) It focuses on works composed in the Kathmandu Valley, first in Sanskrit alone and since the 17th century increasingly also in the local vernacular – Newari, a Tibeto-Burmese language that is hea…

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Alexander von Rospatt, “Local Literatures: Nepal”, in: Encyclopedia of Buddhism Online, Editor-in-Chief: Consulting Editors: Jonathan A. Silk, Oskar von Hinüber, Vincent Eltschinger. Consulted online on 03 June 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2467-9666_enbo_COM_0074>
First published online: 2020
First print edition: 20151231



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