(Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Image of a Tibetan plant manuscript. Though dating from much later, Tibetan texts like this preserve important knowledge passed down by scholars and knowledgeable individuals throughout the centuries, drawing from local and international traditions.)
Tibetan law and medicine, far more than any court hierarchies, were deeply intertwined in daily life. Through a collection of primary sources preserved in Dunhuang, we catch glimpses of the lives of legal scholars, doctors and – most importantly – common people.
Today, we dive into those primary sources. Mostly to catch our breath before the home stretch, partly because the texts in question are fun and fascinating.