“Central Asian Mélange: Early Tibetan Medicine from Dunhunag”

Yoeli-Tlalim, Ronit. 2013. “Central Asian Mélange: Early Tibetan Medicine from Dunhunag”. In: , ed. Scribes, Texts, and Rituals in Early Tibet and Dunhuang. Wiesbaden: Reichert-Verlag, 53 -60. ISBN 978-3-89500-938-9 [Book Section]

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The Tibetan medical manuscripts from Dunhuang are few yet they are of great importance for our understanding of the development of Tibetan medicine and for the understanding of transmissions of substances and ideas in and around Dunhuang. These medical manuscripts are largely practice-based, but nevertheless include important information for understanding some of their theoretical assumptions. Tibetan medical histories refer to the early stages of Tibetan medicine as multi-cultural, deriving from all great traditions neighboring Tibet. The main focus of this paper will be assessing in what way do the Tibetan medical manuscripts from Dunhuang reflect this multicultural character of early Tibetan medicine by looking at foreign words and mentions of foreign places in these texts.

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Silk Road, Dunhuang, Tibetan, History of Medicine, Tibetan medicine

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29 Oct 2013 22:15

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29 Apr 2020 15:54



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