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The story of Phra Malai gives an account of heaven +
hell + of what we can expect from these places in our own
futures. Phra Malai is a monk who achieves extraordinary
powers through his accumulated merit + meditation.
In heaven he is particularly vaoured to see the
future Messianic Buddha Maitreya.
- Folded paper manuscripts were used in Thailand
for recording Buddhist + other texts. Their long
narrow format derives from the palm leaf
manuscript that followed the spread of
Buddhism from its birthplace in India.
Texts written on palm leaves were instrumental
in the spread of Buddhism + its scholastic
- The accordion folded format of books is
typical for traditional MSS from Thailand,
Burma, Laos + Cambodia.

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