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Linking Khotan and Dunhuáng: Buddhist Narratives in Text and Image

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Abstract In the propagation and spread of Buddhism throughout Asia, jatakaand avadana n arratives p layed a d ecisive r ole, b oth i n t he f orm o f t exts a ndiconographical representations. In this paper I will focus on another set of narrativeswhich enjoyed great popularity in the Dunhuáng area during the later Tang andFive Dynasties period, dealing with historical projections concerning the origin andtransmission of Buddhism. In this stories, U+201CAuspicious StatuesU+201D (ruìxiàng U+745EU+50CF) play akey role. These U+201ClivingU+201D statues were thought to have moved from Indian monasteriesto Khotan and other regions, serving as agents of the transmission of the Dharma inthese areas. Besides reflecting religious key concern during that period, the historicalnarratives on the spread of Buddhism also give witness to the close diplomatic andfamily relations between Dunhuang and the Kingdom of Khotan during that period.
Tijdschrift: Entangled Religions: Interdisciplinary Journal for the Study of Religious Contact and Transfer
ISSN: 2363-6696
Volume: 5
Pagina's: 250 - 311
Jaar van publicatie:2018