In northern Italy, palm manuscripts from the 18th Century, titled Gnanamuyarchi, have been discovered in an Armenian monastery.
- This significant finding sheds light on the rich history and cultural exchange between different regions during that time.
- This translation is most likely by Michele Bertoldi, known in Tamil as Gnanaprakasasamy. This is a prose text from the early 18th Century (likely the 1720s) and has been printed several times in the 19th Century by the Mission Press in Puducherry
- These palm manuscripts are of utmost importance in preserving historical and cultural knowledge. They offer valuable insights into the period they originate from, providing a firsthand account of the social, literary, and religious practices during that era.
- The manuscripts are written in Tamil, showcasing the influence of the language and its spread beyond its homeland.
- It serves as a reminder of the diverse historical interactions and intellectual exchanges that occurred across different regions and cultures.
SOURCE: THE HINDU, THE ECONOMIC TIMES, PIB