Among the sacred trees of Buddhism, like the sacred fig tree (pipal), is the talipot or boi.
For Buddhists Boi refers to the leaves of the talipot palm on which the Buddha's teachings were written in ancient times.
Its leaflets, after an elaborate preparation, are easy to engrave and keep remarkably well in tropical climates. These leaflets used in the writing of the manuscripts of India and the Indianized countries of Southeast Asia are referred to in French by the term "ôle" or olle since the end of the 18th century, by borrowing from the Tamil 'lei' meaning 'leaf'. Various species of palm trees have been used depending on the region. The leaflets were engraved on both sides by copyist monks using a sharp metal stylus.
The tallipot (Corypha umbraculifera) is a giant palm tree (20 to 25 meters) of the Arecaceae family. It belongs to the genus Corypha. It is found mainly in India (Karnataka, Kerala), Sri Lanka and tropical Asia. It blooms only once after 30 to 80 years and then dies
Etymology: the term tallipot is borrowed from the malay 'lam t'lipat, Hindi t'lpet, the Sanskrit talapattra 'tala leaf', composed of tàla 'palm' and pattra 'leaf'.
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