Kieffer-Pülz, Petra


A Pali letter on monastic boundaries by King Rama IV of Siam

13,0 x 21,0 cm, 104 S., 9 s/w Abb., Broschur
22,00 €

ISBN: 9783895004537

Kurze Beschreibung

“Simavicarana” presents an annotated romanized edition of a letter composed in Pali by Thera Vajiranana - that is, by King Mogkut (Rama IV) of Siam when he was a monk before he took the throne. Sent in 1844 to Thera Lamkagoda Dhirananda in Sri Lanka, the long and learned letter is effectively a monograph on practical aspects of ceremonial monastic boundaries. the letter is supplemented by a shorter letter on the same subject. The volume includes a bibliography, an index locorum, and an index of names, titles, and place names.


““Simavicarana,” here superbly edited and introduced to the academic world for the first time by Petra Kieffer-Pülz, is one example of the great wealth of Pali works composed by King Rama IV of Siam (Thailand) [...] The corpus of King Rama IV’s Pali works takes up more than two hundred printed pages, or more than five hundred pages together with Thai translations [... but] despite the fact that the royal monk was international in outlook, and that works like “Simavicarana” itself were international in scope, these works are scarcely known to international scholarship - and without a knowledge of these works, the understanding of Thailand’s Pali literary heritage may be deemed incomplete. Petra Kieffer-Pülz has performed a great service to the academic world by editing a new window into the Pali scholarship of Siam.”

From the preface by Assistant Professor Dr. Prapod Assavavirulhakarn, Dean, The Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok


Petra Kieffer-Pülz

studied Indology, Classical Archaeology and Tibetology in Germany and Switzerland. In 1989 she received her Ph.D. from the University of Göttingen with a thesis on the Buddhist ceremonial boundary (“Die Sima”, Berlin 1992). From 2001 to 2010 she worked on the Pali Ganthipada literature (Seminar for Indology, Halle-Wittenberg) a project funded by the German Research Foundation (“Die Ganthipadas in der Vajirabuddhitika”, to appear). She currently investigates scholastic Pali, a project of German Research Foundation at the Academy of Sciences and Literature in Mainz. Her research centers on historical, cultural and legal aspects of Buddhism.


Biografien und Sachliteratur (115) || Buddhismus (39) || Frühindische Sprachen (9) || Gesellschaft und Kultur, allgemein (409) || Indische, Ost-Indoeuropäische und Dravidische Sprachen (108) || Kultur- und Medienwissenschaften (304) || Kulturwissenschaften (286) || Pali (5) || Religion und Glaube (226) || Tagebücher, Briefe, Notizbücher (19)