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Korean Buddhist Literature in Chinese
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In Korea before the 20th century, literary Chinese had a prestige that far surpassed the Korean vernacular. This was because only literary Chinese counted as literature, because literary Chinese was the lingua franca of East Asia, and because all the source texts for Korean Buddhism were in Chinese. Most genres were also imported from China.

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John Jorgensen, “Korean Buddhist Literature in Chinese”, in: Encyclopedia of Buddhism Online, Editor-in-Chief: Consulting Editors: Jonathan A. Silk, Oskar von Hinüber, Vincent Eltschinger. Consulted online on 28 June 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2467-9666_enbo_COM_0053>
First published online: 2020
First print edition: 20151231

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