DREAMSEA Project

DREAMSEA Project

The DREAMSEA Project (Digital Repository of Endangered and Affected Manuscripts in Southeast Asia) brings together Buddhist and Islamic manuscripts from across Southeast Asia. The manuscripts are written on palm-leaf, bark paper, and paper in a variety of languages and scripts. The variety of materials, texts, and languages demonstrate the cultural and religious diversity of the region, including manuscripts from La Ode Zaenu (Bau-Bau, Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia), Paseban Tri Panca Tunggal (Kuningan, Jawa Barat, Indonesia), and Vat Maha That Rasabovoravihan (Luang Prabang, Laos), among many others. DREAMSEA, much like HMML, aims to preserve manuscript heritage from natural disasters, climate, and conflict. HMML currently hosts DREAMSEA's digital manuscript collections.

DREAMSEA 19th-c. bark paper manuscript on Islamic Jurisprudence in Arabic from Kuningan (Jawa Barat), Indonesia. Dreamsea Project Number DS 0015 00001

The project, supported by Arcadia Fund, is carried out by the Center for the Study of Islam and Society (PPIM), Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta State Islamic University (UIN) Jakarta, Indonesia, in cooperation with the Centre for the Study of Manuscripts Culture at the University of Hamburg (CSMC), Germany.

DREAMSEA 20th-c. Buddhist palm-leaf manuscript on the protective meditations of Caturārakkhā (ຈະຕຸຣາຣັກຂາ) written in Pali, from Luang Prabang, Laos. DREAMSEA Project Number DS 0011 00224