Post-Imperial Tibetan History and Karakhoto Texts
12 April 2023 - Maho Iuchi (Kyoto)
Post-imperial Tibetan History and Karakhoto Texts
online guest lecture at the BuddhistRoad project, CERES, Ruhr University Bochum
So far, the history of Tibet in the early post-imperial period has been understood based on limited references in later historical sources, as there was an overwhelming lack of contemporaneous sources, especially in comparison to other periods. In this context, the Tibetan texts excavated from Karakhoto have great value as a body of sources contemporary with post-imperial Tibet. That is, they provide much-needed insights into a historical void. In this talk, Maho Iuchi will discuss some of the Tibetan Texts from Karakhoto in the Stein Collection of the British Library that show the influence of post-imperial Tibet and their relation to the Tangut Empire (ca. 1038–1227, in Chinese sources known as Xixia 西夏).