?Long-distance Trade and the Transmission of Buddhism, Primarily based on Kharosthī and Brāhmī Inscriptions
Author: J.E. Neelis
Publisher: University of Washington
Publication date: Unknown
Number of pages: 556
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This study examines the symbiotic relationship between the development of transregional long-distance trade networks and the process of early long-distance transmission of Buddhism from northwestern South Asia through the territory of the Northern Areas of Pakistan to eastern Central Asia and China.
Recent discoveries of thousands of graffiti inscriptions written in the Kharosthī and Brāhmī scripts and petroglyphs of Buddhist images along ancient capillary routes through the Upper Indus, Gilgit and Hunza valleys illustrate patterns of long-distance travel and cultural contact during the first millennium CE.
Inscriptions and rock drawings are situated in the contexts of the physical environment, religious traditions, languages, literature, and ethnography of or related to northern Pakistan, which was a dynamic multicultural crossroads rather than an isolated enclave.
An overview of regional history based on archaeological, epigraphic and literary sources focuses on migrations and political developments during the periods of the Sakas and Kusānas in the early centuries CE and during the period of the Patola Sāhis in the seventh to early eighth centuries CE.