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Travelers Along the Silk Roads Events

Pitt Faculty Speaker

Talks will be held in the Thornburgh Room on the 1st floor of Hillman Library.
This series is free and open to the public.


Thursday, March 21, 2019
1:30-2:30 p.m  

Rediscovering Dunhuang 

Margarita Delgado

Margarita Delgado
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh

After serving as one of the strategic locations along the Silk Roads for centuries, the city of Dunhuang fell into oblivion. Only at the beginning of the twentieth century would the explorer Aurel Stein “rediscover” it and the secret library hidden in the Mogao Caves located therein. This talk will briefly present the history of Dunhuang and the Mogao Caves to then discuss the impact of the largest cache of historic documents and artifacts found there, that bear witness to the cultural, religious, social and commercial activity that took place along the Silk Roads. We will especially focus on how the study of these materials has been redefining our understanding of Buddhism and other religions of the Silk Roads.