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Palm-leaf means something in the history of ancient India. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

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Source: Journal of the Madras University, vol.28 (history)

Palm-leaf was used for binding manuscripts to store knowledge in ancient India.—Records were first made in Greece and Rome on scrolls written upon with the stylus until this yielded place in Rome to the tablets strung together by a loop. In India the palm leaf equally strung together by a loop served the purpose. In earlier times, however, what all one should know seems to have resided in the minds of teachers who passed it on to generations mainly through memory. Accordingly, one is struck with the importance that comes to be attached to memory quite early in man’s history, since both in Greece and Rome boys at school were given training in memorising proverbs and set passages, a phenomenon which we see to this day in our Indian schools.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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