It will be years before I will be able to understand all the stories contained in the few Phra Malai manuscripts that I\u2019ve seen!\nSome are stories from the life of Gautam Buddha. Others leave me guessing!\nHere are some paintings from\u00a0 Thai manuscripts in the wovensouls collection that have me glued to the screen this Sunday morning, hungry for more exploration:\nClick to view slideshow.\nThe subject of these illuminated manuscripts is stories from the life of Buddha and Phra Malai a venerated monk.\nThe script explains it all \u2026 but I am illiterate in that script\u2026..\n[\u201cNot knowing all the languages in the world is a terrible thing!\u201d\u00a0 This thought strikes me at least once a week \u2013 for all the places I live in are multiverses of cultures \u2013 each accessible only through language! The list of things that remain to be done is increasing faster than the list of things already done!!\u00a0 What to Do!! (a common expression from Bombay that reflects a huge sigh of wistfulness)]\nAnd so I rely on pictures to gather what I can and supplement it with notes of scholars.\nThese manuscripts that are used as moral guides and chanting handbooks narrate the experiences of Phra Malai who had earned extraordinary powers. Post his views of heaven and hell he narrates these to the men on earth and advises a life of merit!!\nPhotos of 1127 & 1045 may be seen on wovensouls.com under the Antique Folk Art tab.\njm\nSept 2017\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\nThe post Tales the Phra Malai Thai Manuscripts tell! appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.