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Posted on Saturday, January 24, 2009
Kushanshahr: Where Zoroastrians and Buddhists meet
by Yong Peng (ypong001(a)yahoo.com) [SGP:IP logged]

A CISA and Central Asia Initiative Seminar
Kushanshahr: Where Zoroastrians and Buddhists meet

Monday, February 02, 2009
12:00 PM
10383 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

The ancient north-eastern Iranian satrapies of Sogdiana, Bactriana, and Margiana have, until recently, been overlooked in terms of their place in the material and cultural trade that existed between “east” and “west,” “north and “south” from the beginning of the Common Era. These three regions of modern Central Asia were the cradle of Zoroastrianism, and then became the conduit through which Buddhism spread from India to China.

This illustrated presentation will explore the development of Buddhism within the hellenistic-influenced Bactrian setting of the Kushan Empire, and the subsequent contribution of Sogdian Zoroastrian merchants to the dissemination of Buddhist texts and iconography along the Central Asian trading routes into China.

info: http://international.ucla.edu/asia/events/showevent.asp?eventid=7195

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