THE HIDDEN TREASURES OF BUDDHIST KASHGAR – TAASA Review March 2008

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This article was originally found in the March 2008 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 17, Issue 1, Page 14).

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Marika Vicziany and Angelo Andrea Di Castro B uddhism was one of many religions which were practised in the oasis of Kashgar.

At the western crossroads of the southern and northern Silk Road between China, Central Asia and Europe, Kashgar was a multicultural society even during the time when its Buddhist monuments were built from around the 3rd to 9th century CE: it also included Zoroastrians, Hindus, Nestorian Christians (Syrian Church) and people following shamanism and animistic beliefs.

This complexity must be kept in mind when discussing the Buddhist remains of Kashgar. Head of Buddha, 5th – 6th c., Tumshuk...