The Indianization of China: A Case Study in Cultural Borrowing

  • Chih-P’ing Chou
Part of the China Academic Library book series (CHINALIBR)


The long history of Indianization of Chinese institutions, thought, art, and life in general furnishes the most extensive material that can be found for the study of cultural borrowing on the grandest scale. Indeed, nowhere in the world, with the only possible exception of the Christianization of Europe, can one find another source of historical materials equal in extent and in length of time. I venture to say that this attempt to study the Indianization of China as a case of extensive cultural borrowing may be found at least of suggestive value to the study of the parallel, though not quite similar, story of the Christianization of Europe.


Chinese People Filial Piety Eleventh Century Chinese Thinker Indian Religion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chih-P’ing Chou
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  1. 1.East Asian Studies DepartmentPrinceton UniversityPrincetonUSA

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