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Epigraphy: Southeast Asia

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Author(s): Arlo Griffiths | D. Christian Lammerts
Most Buddhist inscriptions in Southeast Asia may be assigned to one of three general analytical categories. They may be classified as citation inscriptions, caption inscriptions, or donative inscriptions; however, there are also less common types of epigraphy (see p. 994 on siddhayātra inscriptions) that elude this tripartite schematization.Epigraphs of the first type are so-called because they inscribe text for which parallels can often be traced in Buddhist scripture. The paradigmatic example is the inscription of the ye dhammā (Pal.) / ye dharmāḥ (Skt.) stanza, an encapsu…