The Epitaph of a Buddhist Lady: A Newly Discovered Chinese-Sogdian Bilingual

The inscription edited in this paper is the third bilingual Chinese-Sogdian epitaph to be made known, following that of Wirkakk (Shijun) and Wiyusi and that of Nanai-vande and Kekan, published in 2005 and 2017 respectively. The new epitaph is that of a Sogdian lady who died in 736 CE. Apart from its...

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Published in:Journal of the American Oriental Society
Authors: Bo, Bi; Sims-Williams, Nicholas 1949-
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: [2020]
In:Journal of the American Oriental Society
Year: 2020, Volume: 140, Issue: 4, Pages: 803-820
Online Access: Verlag
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Summary:The inscription edited in this paper is the third bilingual Chinese-Sogdian epitaph to be made known, following that of Wirkakk (Shijun) and Wiyusi and that of Nanai-vande and Kekan, published in 2005 and 2017 respectively. The new epitaph is that of a Sogdian lady who died in 736 CE. Apart from its linguistic interest, it is important as attesting the conversion of a Sogdian lady to the “heretical” Buddhist Sanjie or “Three levels” movement, which remained popular despite being officially suppressed under the Tang.
Contains:Enthalten in: American Oriental Society, Journal of the American Oriental Society
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.7817/jameroriesoci.140.4.0803