Beatty Library – Collections – The East Asian Collection – Tibet, Mongolia, South & South-East Asia | Tibet, Mongolia, South & South-East Asia Collection, Chester Beatty Library Tibet, Mongolia, South & South-East Asia Collection
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Tibet, Mongolia, South and South-East Asia

The Tibetan and Mongolian collections, which are mainly Buddhist, include Tibetan Buddhist sacred texts, ritual objects and sixty-seven thangkas, and a small amount of Mongolian religious literature.

The South and South-East Asian collections comprise mainly Buddhist sacred manuscripts, including twenty Thai folding books telling the story of the monk Phra Malai, an extensive set of Burmese ordinations texts (kammavaca), Burmese parabaik folding books of Buddhist scenes, Jain, Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist manuscripts from the area of India, Nepal and Sri Lanka, and bark divination books from the Batak people of Sumatra.