Tamil Original of Ellis’ Legend of the Cowpox Found

[This post is a free translation of an earlier post originally published in French]

A few months ago, one of my excellent colleagues—Grégoire Schlemmer, not to mention his name—reported me the existence of a small collection on Indian manuscripts in the Bibliothèque interuniversitaire des langues orientales (BIULO), that one can access in the Réserve of the Bibliothèque universitaire des langues et civilisations (BULAC). Continue reading

Découverte de l’original tamoul de la légende de la variole de la vache de Francis Whyte Ellis

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Il y a quelques mois, l’un de mes excellents collègues – Grégoire Schlemmer, pour ne pas le nommer – me signala l’existence d’un petit fonds de manuscrits indiens à la Bibliothèque interuniversitaire des langues orientales (BIULO), qu’on peut consulter aujourd’hui à la Réserve de la Bibliothèque universitaire des langues et civilisations (BULAC). Continue reading

Governmental Institutions vs. Associations: The Multifaceted Expression of Siddha Medicine in Tamil Nadu

Siddha (citta1) is one of the codified traditional medicines recognized and supported by the Ministry of the Heath and Family Welfare. It shares the main concepts of ayurveda (āyurveda) but while the texts of ayurveda are written in Sanskrit and this medicine is widespread throughout all India, the textual corpus of siddha is in Tamil language and this medicine is practised in Tamil Nadu, and in some Asiatic and Arabic countries which accommodate a large Tamil community. Continue reading

  1. The transliteration of terms used in the text follows that of the Tamil Lexicon, University of Madras. To simplify the reading, the plural endings (kaḷ ou ṅkaḷ) have been omitted. []