This paper represents a brief study and a translation of a ritual funeral text
dated to the 11th–13th сc. Despite its brevity, the manuscript is a consistent and
complete fragment describing the ritual and proving the doubtless similarity between the
Tangut and Tibetan religious traditions. The very age of the text attests to the fact that
this tradition has survived down to the present day in unaltered form.
On December 18, 2018, the Second Academic Conference 'Source Studies and Historiography of the Countries of the Near and Middle East' in memory of V.F. Minorsky (1877-1966) will be held at the IOM RAS.