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By Matthew T. Kapstein, Brandon Dotson

Early medieval Tibet continues to be probably the most demanding fields in Tibetan reports total, in which various mysteries stay. The six contributions comprising the current assortment make clear significant subject matters in heritage, literature and faith.

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64-72). The language in the clauses of PT 1075 is almost identical with that of IOL Tib J 753, but the clauses generally deal with much smaller amounts. As this text is so similar in character to IOL Tib J 753, it is not necessary to describe it in any detail here. Both texts are particularly interesting in that they mention a group of royal ladies, the btsan-mo, lcam-sru and jo-mo, apparently in descending order of rank. 22 Here again the Old Tibetan legal fragments reveal their sociological value.

The text explicitly mentions bon-po four times (ll. 14, 54, 111, 206). In one example, the prognosis states ‘it is inappropriate for one skilled in bon not to perform bon; this is a bad prognosis’ (phon mkhas pas bon ma byas na myi rung te mo nganto/, l. 54). This does not necessarily identify the author(s) of this divination text as bon-po, but at least suggests that it came from a 29 For the brtan-ma bcu-gnyis, see NEBESKY-WOJKOWITZ 1998 [1956]: 181-98. According to Nebesky-Wojkowitz’s lists, Sha-med Gangs-dkar is located either at Lha-phu gangs, Rdo-rje Brag-dkar, or Rdo-rje Brag-dmar.

Both genres contain anecdotes relating to gods and famous events or people, and a mutual influence is not unlikely. 22 BRANDON DOTSON /rgyal rgyal27 ’bangs rjes mjad na go mtho lha yul na mye ’bar myI yul na glu len myI khyim na nor myI rnyedelamdu zhugsne28 nor dang phrade mo bzango /) (IOL Tib J 740, ll. 69-72). As in the case of each of these examples, every prognosis (mo) in the text ends with a short statement declaring the quality of the prognosis. This is usually either ‘good’ or ‘bad’, but sometimes ‘very good’, ‘very bad’ or ‘average’ (’bring).

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