- Project Leader : Shimizu Masaaki (Osaka University, Graduate school of language and culture)
- Collaborators : Kojima Hiroyuki (The University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Economics, Faculty of Economics)
- : Yano Masataka (The University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Economics, Faculty of Economics)
- :Moriwaki Yuki (The University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Economics, Faculty of Economics)
- : Ookawa Akinori (Independent Researcher)
- : Ono Mikiko (Kyoto University, Center for Southeast Asian Studies)
Outline of Research
This research will compile bibliographic information in Han-nom texts (written using both Chinese characters and Chu Nom characters) archived by Vietnamese temples in Thailand into a database. It will also collect and examine original documents based on a resource studies perspective. The goal of this research is to investigate whether “style theory” and “morphological theory” used in Japanese paleography can be applied to Southeast Asian source material.
As the Han Nom texts, which are the subject of this research, have not been studied sufficiently at the text level, we will attempt to catalogue, annotate, and examine the texts using paleographic methods. In the first year, we will create an annotated bibliography for various texts including Buddhists scriptures (110 texts written in Chinese characters, Chu Nom, Thai, and other languages) donated by the late Prof. Yumio Sakurai to Kyoto University.
In the second year, from among the original manuscripts, we will select those with unique characteristics and examine the original paper quality. We will evaluate the validity of using Japanese paleographic methods to study Southeast Asian materials relative to other methods. The bibliographies and annotations created will be made available to public on the Kyoto University OPAC and Center for Southeast Asian Studies Library websites.
Determined the date of manuscript by investigating its paper quality
Collaborative research of manuscripts by scholars of Japan paleontology and southeast asian studies