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The mystery of dharani

The mystery of dharani

The minuscule scrolls and their tiny wooden casings known as the Hyakumantō dharani (Dharani Invocations of the One Million Pagodas) were once thought to be the oldest datable printed text in the world. How were they made? Are they really the oldest printed text? Let’s explore the history behind the dharani scrolls with Prof. Sumiyoshi.

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oldest printed work and its container Hyakumantō darani, Nara period
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