A Buddhist inscription in Swat

Lüders, Heinrich

In: Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, (1901), pp. 575-576

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Dear Professor Rhys Davids,- In the last number of the Journal (pp. 291 ff.) Mr. E. J. Rapson has published the impressions of some inscriptions collected by Captain A. H. McMahon in Swat and the adjacent country. Among these there is one (No. 5) from a rock at Shakori, which, as recognized by Mr. Rapson, is written in Brahmi characters. Mr. Rapson states that "nearly every aksara can be read with more or less certainty," and he has succeeded in deciphering the words sa[m*] skara and niruddhyate; "but," he adds, "all attempts to give an intelligible translation of the whole, on this hypothesis, have hitherto been in vain, and Dr. Stein was of opinion that it was neither Sanskrit nor Prakrit." I consider the task of deciphering this inscription not quite as hopeless as Mr. Rapson and Dr. Stein seem to think.

Document type: Article
Version: Secondary publication
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2018
Faculties / Institutes: Miscellaneous > Individual person
DDC-classification: General history of Asia Far East
Controlled Keywords: Südasien, Epigrafik, Geschichte
Uncontrolled Keywords: Indien, Swat, Buddhismus, Geschichte / India, Swat, Buddhism, History
Subject (classification): Indology
Countries/Regions: India
South Asia
Series: Personen > Schriften von Heinrich Lüders
Volume: 7