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WMO, 1(9), 2019 Print E-mail

of the Orient

1(9), 2019

ISSN 2410-0145

Issued twice a year

The entire issue as a *.PDF file

Peter Zieme. Notes on a Manichaean Turkic Prayer Cycle — 3
In this paper a recently identified new Manichaean-Turkic fragment (SI6621) from Toyok Mazar is analyzed and edited. This manuscript written on the verso side of a Chinese Buddhist scroll belongs to the Serindia Collection of the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts (IOM) of the Russian Academy. It is compared with other fragments of several manuscripts published earlier. On the basis of the new evidence, reading and translation can be improved.
Key words: Serindia Collection, Manichaean-Turkic, Manichaean hymn, comparison of different manuscripts

Olga Lundysheva, Anna Turanskaya. Brāhmī glosses of the Uygur blockprint of Sitātapatrā dhāraṇī kept in the IOM, RAS — 12
This paper deals with the fragment of one of the blockprint Sitātapatrā editions that belongs to the Serindia Collection of the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences at St. Petersburg. The authors focus on Brāhmī parts included into the Uyghur text. Some observations on the correlation of Uygur script signs and akṣaras in Brāhmī are made. The Chart of akṣaras found in the blockprint is attached.
Key words: Brāhmī akṣara chart, Brāhmī glosses, Old Uyghur Sitātapatrā blockprint

Safarali Shomakhmadov. Vyākaraṇa as a Method of Rational Cognition in the Buddhist Written Sources — 24
The article is devoted to the substantiation of the statement that the Buddhist vyākaraṇa is the method of rational ‘forecast’ and at the same time the ‘fore-knowledge’ (from Greek prognosis) itself. The proofs that the conventional meaning ‘prophecy’ is invalid are given. The reasons of the opinion that vyākaraṇa is the ‘prognosis’ are based of Buddhist canonical and post-canonical texts. Vyākaraṇa as the dialectical method of the Buddhist philosophy allows to model the scheme of the good conduct that leads to the obtaining of the final goal of the Buddhist spiritual practice — the attainment of nirvāṇa.
Key words: analysis and synthesis, Buddhist philosophy, Buddhist texts, dialectical method, prognosis, prophecy, rational cognition, vyākaraṇa

Kirill Alekseev, Natalia Yampolskaya. On the Fragment of the Naran-u Gerel Catalogue Preserved in IOM, RAS — 37
Until recently the manuscript entitled Naran-u Gerel in the collection of St. Petersburg State University was considered to be the only extant catalogue of the 17th c. recension of the Mongolian Kanjur. The article presents a fragment of the Kanjur catalogue discovered among the manuscript fragments from Dzungaria preserved in the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts, Russian Academy of Sciences. Its textual similarity to the Naran-u Gerel and structural proximity to the manuscript copies of the Mongolian Kanjur indicate that having been reflected in more than one catalogue the repertoire and structure of the 17th c. recension were not that random as it was previously represented in Mongolian studies.
Key words: Mongolian Kanjur, catalogue, Dzungaria, manuscript collection of IOM, RAS

Zhuangsheng. The Development of Sibe Ethnic Awareness: With Special Consideration of the Sibe People of the Ili River Basin — 50
In the sixteenth century, the Sibe people emerged as a unique ethnic group, and they remained a unique ethnic group after their migration to the Ili River basin. In the Republic of China, a time when many ethnic systems were created, the Sibe gained official recognition for being an independent ethnic group. Although the creation of a written script is an act of ethnic construction, the Sibe written language could never break free of its close relation to the Manchu written language. The construction of ethnic groups and the creation of written scripts stimulated vigorous development of ethnic histories compiled by the Sibe scholars, and it is their textual research of ethnic origin that best illustrates the birth of this new ethnic group.
Key words: ethnic groups, the Sibe people, the Sibe script, ethnic history, the Jurchen people

Anton Popov. Two Mongolian Official Papers Dated by the 19th c. — 77
The article presents transliteration and commented translation of two official letters written by Mongolian administrative functionaries in the first third of the 19th c. Both were brought from Mongolia by A. M. Pozdneev. In 1898, handwritten copies were published by G. Dz. Tsibikov in the collection of materials, as a training manual for practical course in Mongolian language. The above mentioned letters still have not been subjected to any kind of scientific analysis. However, these documents represent typical examples of Mongolian official correspondence dated to the 19th c. Moreover they are abandoned of little-known facts about relationship between the authorities of the North Mongolian banners (khoshuns) and administrative structures, constituted personal subjects assigned to the Treasury of Jibzundamba Khutugtu (the Shabi).
Key words: official documents, Mongolian administration in the Qing period, A. M. Pozdneev, G. Dz. Tsibikov, the North Mongolian banners, the Shabi of Jibzundamba Khutugtu


The State Hermitage Museum (ed.): Brush and Qalam: 200 years of the collection of the Institute of Oriental manuscripts. Exhibition catalogue. St. Petersburg: The State Hermitage Publishers, 2018. — 320 pp. by Simone-Christiane Raschmann — 94

S. L. Burmistrov. Rukopisi shkoly Vedanta v sobraniiakh Instituta vostochnykh rukopisei RAN: annotirovannyi katalog [Manuscripts of Vedānta School in the collections of the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of RAS: annotated catalogue]. Moscow: Nauka–Vostochnaia Literatura, 2018. — 479 pp. (Pismenniie pamiatniki Vostoka. CLII) by Safarali H. Shomakhmadov — 99

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