Burmese Palm Leaf Astrological Manuscript
AGE: – Unknown, would appear to be quite old
CONSTRUCTION: – Palm Leaf pages, Wooden end covers
LENGTH: – 26cm
WIDTH: – 6cm
PALM LEAVES: – 30 leaves with Burmese script, charts, and diagrams (8 Blank leaves)
#380 – PRICE: AUD540.00 – CONTACT
Rare Burmese Palm Leaf Astrological Manuscript inscribed on both sides of the page with charts, astrological diagrams, drawings, and Burmese Script, consisting of 30 palm leaves with a wooden cover on each end, with some blank pages on both ends.
The most common horoscope in Myanmar, referred to as Zata, consists of three sections of palm leaf tied together with the middle section being thicker than the two outer leaves, giving it stability, intricate diagrams and charts decorate both the front and back.
Manuscripts are generally written by a Buddhist monk or village elder with astrological talents and versed in the Pali language. It was and I still customary in Myanmar for parents to engage the services of a monk or religious elder to record the month, day, and hour in which their infant was born. The horoscope is incised with a stylus into the palm leaf. In the more elaborate horoscopes with several pages may show an array of different patterned astrological diagrams and pictures of humans and animals.
Over the child’s lifetime, the parents will take the birth horoscope to the astrologer if the child has health issues, seeking advice as well as a myriad of other reasons which may pertain to their future husband or wife, wealth, job, or position in the community.