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Department
East Asian Studies
Course
EAS103H1
Professor
Lin Fang
Semester
Fall

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Travelers and Maps 11/14/2013 • 2 buddhists (xuanzang, Ennin) •  2 christians (William of rubruck, marco polo) • 1 muslim (zheng he) • p.94 map read • shows the routes of connecting korea to ocean shore of china to the desert th th • 6 ­10  century • Xuanzang: • 629­645 • Description of Samarkand and other stops • Went to India • Living in the early days of the Tang empire, when the empire was starting to reach its height of  political power • Left Chang’an in 629 and returned in 645 • P.93­96 • Great Tang record of the West that he complied due to imperial command. • Record was a travel log • Wrote about different aspects of Buddhism in different countries • Important influence= the legacy of his trip • The troubles and problems on his journey was taken and formed into more creative tales, like  monkey king stories Ennin (794­868) • Japanese monk • Part of Tendai sect(founded by Saicho) • Record of a Pilgrimage to China in Search of the Law • Pilgrimage to Mount Wutai • Witness Emperor Wuzong’s purge of Buddhism • Part of Heian Japan cultural 
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