Silk_Buddhism_and_Khotanese_chronology

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Published with the assistance of the Neil Kreitman Foundation (U.K.) Bulletin of the Asia Institute New Series/Volume 24 2010
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v Contents David Stronach Solomon at Pasargadae: Some New Perspectives 1 Domenico Agostini Encountering a Beautiful Maiden: On the Zoroastrian d ē n in Comparison with Dante’s Beatrice 15 Yishai Kiel Gazing through Transparent Objects in Pahlavi and Rabbinic Literature: A Comparative Analysis 25 Dieter Weber Villages and Estates in the Documents from the Pahlavi Archive: The Geographical Background 37 Michael Shenkar The Epic of Far ā marz in the Panjikent Paintings 67 Étienne de la Vaissière Silk, Buddhism and Early Khotanese Chronology: A Note on the Prophecy of the Li Country 85 Harry Falk Libation Trays from Gandhara 89 Phyllis Granoff Maitreya and the Y ū pa : Some Gandharan Reliefs 115 David Frendo Sovereignty, Control, and Co-existence in Byzantine-Iranian Relations: An Overview 129 Zsuzsanna Gulácsi The Prophet’s Seal: A Contextualized Look at the Crystal Sealstone of Mani (216–276 C . E .) in the Bibliothèque nationale de France 161 Review Article Prods Oktor Skjærvø Gnosis and Deliverance: Werner Sundermann’s “Speech of the Living Soul” 187 Reviews AZARNOUCHE , ED . AND TRANS . Husraw ī Kaw ā d ā n- ē ud R ē dag- ē : Khosrow fi ls de Kaw ā d et un page (Jenny Rose) 205 AGOSTINI . Ay ā dg ā r ī J ā m ā sp ī g: Un texte eschatologique zoroastrien (Daniel Shef fi eld) 207 JULLIEN , ED . Eastern Christianity: A Crossroads of Cultures (David Frendo) 210 Books Received 215 Abbreviations 217 Color plates including images from Michael Shenkar and Zsuzsanna Gulácsi follow pp. 74 and 162 in this volume.
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85 Silk, Buddhism and Early Khotanese Chronology: A Note on the Prophecy of the Li Country É T I E N N E D E L A V A I S S I È R E ehess The Prophecy of the Li Country ( Li yul lu - bstan-pa ), extant in the Tanjur , is a Tibetan text that describes the Buddhist religious history of Khotan and gives a chronological list of royal foun- dations of Buddhist monasteries. Fifty-six gener- ations of kings, one regent and some queens are mentioned, with the monasteries they created. 1 This chronological text might have yielded sig- ni fi cant information regarding the poorly known history of the oasis, as the author is clearly well aware of Khotan, whether translating a Khotanese text, or writing in Tibetan about Khotan in the second half of the 8th century. Unfortunately, it has proved dif fi cult to fi nd any links between the royal genealogy and external data, be it Chinese texts or Khotanese documents, except for the very last part of the text, which deals with kings of the 7th and 8th centuries . The chronology pro- vided in the list is not of great use, claiming in an impossible manner to go back 1,256 years before a Dog Year. 2 Moreover, the repetition of the names of the kings may have created some overlaps and con- fusions in the middle of the list—there are three successions of K ī rti-Sa gr ā ma for instance. How- ever, these potential errors occur after the period
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