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Title: Sogdian Version of the Bugut Inscription Revisited
Author(s): YOSHIDA, Yutaka
Journal: Journal Asiatique
Volume: 307    Issue: 1   Date: 2019   
Pages: 97-108
DOI: 10.2143/JA.307.1.3286342

Abstract :
The Sogdian version of the Bugut Inscription has been known since the early 1970’s through the edition and studies by the two Russian specialists Kljaštornyj and Livšic. Many scholars have made extensive use of their edition in discussing the history of early Inner Asia, in particular the history of the first Turkic Qaghanate. Since this edition left much to be improved from the philological point of view, the revised edition has been a desideratum. In this paper the author gives the new text and translation based not only on rubbings but also on the new 3D photographs. The most important is the discovery that Mahan Tegin, to whom the inscription was believed to be dedicated, no longer exists in the inscription. The new edition suggests that the inscription claims the legitimacy of Tatpar and his son Umna’s qaghanship and describes the funeral ceremony for Tatpar Qaghan carried out by Umna together with his cousin Shabolüe, to whom Umna yielded the qaghanship soon after his enthronement.

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