Results of Phase I: The Tantrik Manuscript Acquisition Project.
Kashmir, Spring 2012.
The Tantrik (Śaiva) Manuscript Acquisition Project (TMAP) was made possible through the generous contributions of the Shaiva Yoga community and that of the Mattamayura Institute , which allowed for this mission in Srinagar, Kashmir to be successfully undertaken by Christopher Tompkins in the Spring of 2012.
The collection acquired from the Oriental Research Library (ORL) in Srinagar, Kashmir, includes:
- 12,500+ folios of scanned Śaiva manuscripts (25,000+ pages)
- 500 or so total manuscripts, representing over 90 individual titles
- 13 genres of Kashmiri Śaiva literature
- Numerous works un-documented in the ORL’s catalog
- Several titles previously thought to have been lost
- A collection of rare stotras (hymns) to local Goddesses (Śaktis) of Kashmir
- Over a dozen beautiful manuscript paintings
*Approximately 90% of the manuscripts in this collection have not been published, nor have most of them been examined by modern scholars.
Phase II: Funding the Kashmiri Śaivism Preservation Project.
- To create an interactive website that will provide free downloadable access to the 500+ manuscripts in this collection.
- To create searchable e-texts.
- To Create, Translate, and Publish ‘Critical Editions’ of Shaiva Works.
- To train scholars in the art of critical text editing and to implement high-performance text-editing computer programs such as BB EDIT proficient at searching through innumerable e-texts at once.
- To return to the ORL on Srinagar to attain more Śaiva manuscripts, especially as these may again become inaccessible due to the volatile political nature of this region.