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Digitising Prince Panji manuscripts from the Asian Library in Leiden

Leiden University Libraries houses a unique collection of more than 250 manuscripts containing centuries-old Panji tales. The study of these texts lead to many new insights about Southeast Asian history, literature and culture. The unique manuscripts come in many different shapes and sizes and are handwritten in several different languages. At the moment, they can only be consulted in the library’s Special Collections reading room. By digitising the Panji tales, we will be able to provide worldwide open access for research and educational purposes.

Digitising old manuscripts is a costly and time-consuming process. We need your help achieving our goal of digitising the Panji tales. For more information, see