A Digital Library of the Lanten Textual Heritage - Phase II (EAP1126)

Aims and objectives

This Phase-II-project aims at continuing the preservation by means of digital processing of manuscripts of the Lanten in North Laos initiated by the EAP791 project. This project identified a larger number of manuscripts than the ones initially listed to be preserved; it also discovered seriously threatening conditions. The targeted manuscripts contain the information enabling shamans and priests to engage Daoist Deities in the rituals that reproduce the Lanten society’s socio-cosmological order. The depletion of this corpus following the political and economic turmoil after the Indochina War and the establishment of the socialist Lao State affects the social foundation of this society.