from the book “Teaching Dhamma by Pictures”
Explanation of a Siamese Traditional Buddhist Manuscript
by Ven. Buddhadasa Bhikkhu
Sathirakoses-Nagaparadi Foundation & Ministry of Education, Thailand
On the occassion of the Centenary Celebration of the Bith of the Ven. Buddhadasa Bhikku
The illustrated manuscript reproduced here was, in the original, a traditional Thai
manuscript called Samut Khoi which is a long roll of paper folded concertina-wise into
leaves and then written on both sides. In this form, the illustration was presented first,
followed by a few lines of explanation on a particular aspect of Dhamma such as
Meditation and so forth. Cambodian script was used in those days for all religious work
thought the language is Siamese.
The pigments used were produced locally, most of them derived from native trees.