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Le Dhamma par le jeu d’esprit et de la langue : le Vajirasāratthasaṅgaha, texte pāli du Nord de la Thaïlande (XVIe siècle)

Abstract : This research is a philological investigation of a Buddhist text in Pali, the Vajirasaratthasangaha written in Northern Thailand (15th-16th), which has never been the object of a full-fledged study. It aims to establish a critical edition of this text and its commentary, to translate this corpus, and to understand its place within the Buddhism of South-East Asia. This compendium is unique in the Pali literary landscape, in its mode of presentation as well as in its contents. It contains an important amount of Buddhist teachings that deal with a variety of topics, such as moral principles for lay Buddhists, etymology, mathematics, poetics, cosmology, riddles, etc. The singular mode of composition of this text is based on the encoding of each chapters, mainly relying on mechanisms and games that concern essentially the language and its construction: riddles, grammatical notions, polysemies, acrostichs, etc. Thus, this text is an original synthesis of scholarly elements (hua chai, ekakkhara, etc.) that testifies, first, to the importance of advanced linguistic studies in the Lanna context during the 16th century. Secondly, some of the elements presented throw some new light on regional specificities in their practical and esoterical dimensions, opening new ways for understanding the status of Pali as a sacred language.
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Javier Schnake. Le Dhamma par le jeu d’esprit et de la langue : le Vajirasāratthasaṅgaha, texte pāli du Nord de la Thaïlande (XVIe siècle). Littératures. Université Paris sciences et lettres, 2018. Français. ⟨NNT : 2018PSLEP025⟩. ⟨tel-02141367⟩

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