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Epigraphy: Tibet and Central Asia

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Author(s): Kurt Tropper
This article deals with Tibetan inscriptions found in the Tibetan parts of the People’s Republic of China as well as in Nepal, northern India, northern Pakistan, and Mongolia. The non-Tibetan epigraphs in these areas are partly covered elsewhere in this volume and partly still waiting to be studied.Research HistoryS. Csoma de Kőrös, widely considered the founder of Tibetan studies in general, also provided the first study of a Tibetan inscription (Csoma de Kőrös, 1838). The fragmentary short text is found on the lower right part of the so-cal…