Herausgeber: Dotson, Brandon; Iwao, Kazushi; Takeuchi, Tsuguhito

Scribes, Texts, and Rituals in Early Tibet and Dunhuang

Proceedings of the Third Old Tibetan Studies Panel held at the Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies, Vancouver 2010

17,0 x 24,0 cm, 156 S., 19 farb. Abb., 31 s/w Abb., 19 ill. (color) on plates, Leinen
98,00 €

ISBN: 9783895009389

Kurze Beschreibung

This volume presents new findings and original research concerning early Tibet and the social and the Tibetan Empire (c. 600–850 CE). Demonstrating the methodological breadth of the field of early Tibetan studies, the contributions range from archeological and art-historical studies to cultural history and philology.

Ausführliche Beschreibung

This volume presents new findings and original research concerning early Tibet and the social and cultural history of the Tibetan Empire (c. 600–850 CE). In five chapters, leading scholars approach the problem of textual production in interrelated and complementary ways. These include a chapter on the social history of scribal practice in Dunhuang, a codicological study of royally commissioned sutras, a palaeographical essay at a typology of early Tibetan writing, a study of hunting topoi in narrative and ritual texts, and a text-critical approach to an early Bon tantra. Demonstrating the methodological breadth of the field of early Tibetan studies, the remaining contributions range from an archeological study of pre-historic ritual artefacts and an art-historical study of illuminated tomb panels to two chapters on Tibetan imperial administration and a chapter on the cosmopolitan origins of materia medica used in the Silk Road entrepôt of Dunhuang.
The work will be of interest to all those interested in the language, history, and culture of early Tibet. Its essays are appropriate for those ranging from undergraduates to professional scholars.


„The highlight of this [...] volume is [...] the article by Brandon Dotson, by now well established as a leading voice among the new generation of Old Tibetan scholars. His article here, ’The Princess and the Yak: the Hunt as a Narrative Trope, and Historical Reality in Early Tibet’, deserves to be widely read. [...] Dotson’s analysis looks particularly at the theme of the wild-yak hunt within the narrative, and explores it not just as a literary trope, but also as a reflection of the historic importance of the imperial ’enlcosure hunt’ (lings) to Tibetan court life. The article showcases Dotson’s artful combination of literary, philological, archaeological and historical methodologies to illuminate the content embedded in the old Tibetan manuscript corpus. [...] Amy Heller’s article on the painted coffin panels recently excavated in Quinghai notably expands the archaeological and art-historical evidence for the early Tibetan period, depicting a hunt among other things. The paintings are reproduced in high-quality colour photographic plates at the back of the volume.“

Von: Georg FitzHerbert

In: European Bulletin of Himalayan Research, Volume 43 (2016), S. 109-114.


Brandon Dotson
(D.Phil., Oxford 2007) is the leader of the “Kingship and Religion in Tibet” research group at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (2010-2015). Among his many works is “The Old Tibetan Annals: An Annotated Translation of Tibet’s First History” (Vienna, 2009).

Kazushi Iwao
(PhD, Kyoto, 2006) is visiting scholar at Kobe City University of Foreign Studies. His work on Tibetan administration has appears in “Historical and Philological Studies of China’s Western Regions, Memoirs of the Toyo Bunko,” and other scholarly journals.

Tsuguhito Takeuchi
(PhD, Indiana 1994) is Professor of Linguistics and Dean of Research at Kobe City University of Foreign Studies. He is the author of numerous books, articles, and catalogues, including “Old Tibetan Contracts from Central Asia” (Tokyo, 1995). He is editor-in-chief of Old Tibetan Documents Online.


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