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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Among Believers

William Dalrymple reviewed The Norton Anthology of World Religions: Volume I at The New York Times.

He notes a distinction between classical Western and Eastern literature.

"It is unlikely... that many more great works of classical European literature will surface; the canon of ancient European literature we have now is likely to remain largely unchanged a century hence.

"It is often assumed that the same is true for the other great classical literatures of the world, but this is very far from the case. In particular, the rich treasures of ancient Indian literature remain almost completely unexplored, even to those few who can read languages such as Sanskrit or classical Tamil. For there survives in manuscript form in libraries across South Asia a corpus of literature which is, at a conservative estimate, a thousand times larger than what has survived in Greek."

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