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Epigraphy: South Asia
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Inscriptions are an indispensable source for the study of Indian Buddhism. Buddhist inscriptions number in many thousands from all parts of South Asia, from the 3rd century bce until the early centuries of the 2nd millennium ce. The main languages are Prakrit, Sanskrit, Gandhari, and Sinhala; Pali inscriptions are virtually nonexistent in…

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Richard Salomon, “Epigraphy: South Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Buddhism Online, Editor-in-Chief: Consulting Editors: Jonathan A. Silk, Oskar von Hinüber, Vincent Eltschinger. Consulted online on 08 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2467-9666_enbo_COM_0089>
First published online: 2020
First print edition: 20151231

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