Theses Doctoral

The Silk Princess Narrative: Religious Identity and the Localization of Buddhist Networks in the Kingdom of Khotan

Monteleone, David

The southern Silk Road kingdom of Khotan was long considered by Chinese pilgrim monks to be just another stop on the road to India in search of Buddhist scriptures. The aim of this dissertation is to recast Khotan as a unique and innovative mediator of religious and cultural expression within the Buddhist network through an analysis of the Khotanese silk princess narrative, the tale of an eastern princess who is credited with acquiring the secrets of Chinese sericulture for the Khotanese king.

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Yang, Zhaohua
Ph.D., Columbia University
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May 19, 2021