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The Origin Myth of the Xianbei: The Significance of the Gaxiandong Cave

November 8, 2012 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
521 Memorial Way, Knight Building, Room 102

Silk Road Buddhism Lecture Series

Albert E Dien Professor of Chinese, Emeritus, Stanford University

The discovery in 1977 of an inscription dating to 443 CE on a wall of the Gaxiandong Cave in the far northeast of China has led to much discussion concerning its connection with the origin myth of the Xianbei, a nomadic people who had conquered north China and established the Northern Wei dynasty in 386.  Traces of a second inscription has engendered further interest in the cave. This lecture will present first-hand observations of the site and the present state of research on the archaeological significance of the cave and the movement of the Xianbei into China.

Free and open to the public

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Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
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