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Ancient Buddhist Scrolls from Gandhara: The British Library Kharosthi Fragments
Ancient Buddhist Scrolls from Gandhara: The British Library Kharosthi Fragments by Richard Salomon, F. Raymond Allchin, Mark Barnard 029597768X 9780295977683
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Ancient Buddhist Scrolls from Gandhara: The British Library Kharosthi Fragments by Richard Salomon, F. Raymond Allchin, Mark Barnard

As the Dead Sea scrolls have changed our understanding of Judaism and early Christianity, so a set of 29 scrolls recently acquired by the British Library promise to provide a window into a crucial phase of the history of Buddhism in India. The fragmentary birch bark scrolls, which were found inside one of a set of inscribed clay pots, are written in the Gandhari Prakrit language and in Kharosthi script. Dating from around the beginning of the Christian era, the scrolls are thought to be the oldest Buddhist manuscripts ever discovered.<P>The manuscripts and pots come from a region known in ancient times as Gandhara, corresponding to modern northern Pakistan and eastern Afghanistan. At the peak of its influence, Gandhara was home to a series of wealthy and powerful dynasties and became one of the worlds most important centers of Buddhism and the gateway through which Buddhism was transmitted from India to China and other parts of Asia. Gandhara was also a principal point of contact between India and the Western world. Despite abundant archeological evidence of Gandharas thriving culture, until now there has been virtually no documentary evidence of its literary and religious canon.<P>This volume introduces a groundbreaking project to decipher and interpret the Gandharan texts. It provides a detailed description of the manuscripts and a survey of their contents, along with a preliminary evaluation of their significance. Also included are representative samples

Author: Richard Salomon, F. Raymond Allchin, Mark Barnard

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 273

Publisher: Univ of Washington Pr

Publication Date: 1999-04-01

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