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Ashtanga Hridaya

 Item — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 4149

Scope and Contents

An ancient medical textbook originally written in Sanskrit circa 400 AD and transcribed into Malayalam on palm leaves, circa 18th or 19th century. Consists of 100 leaves, 2 by 18 inches. Leaves one, two, and one hundred are blank, all others contain text written in small, neat hand in Malayalam, the Indian language spoken in Kerala. The manuscript is protected by two wooden teak boards and encased in a burlap bag.


  • 400-1900

Language of Materials

Materials in Sanskrit and Malayalam.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Ashtanga Hridaya must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.


1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

Custodial History

In 1982, Dr. William Mulder was given this book by P. Jayendran, from the Department of English of St. Joseph's College, Calicut, India. He donated the item in 1985.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; William Mulder; 1985.


Ethnic and minority history (19th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.IV, 2007).

Processing Information

Processed; H. Christine Swindler; July 17, 2007.

Register of Ashtanga Hridaya
Karen Glenn and H. Christine Swindler, student processors and John Murphy, curator
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

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