Étienne de la Vaissière, Silk, Buddhism and Khotanese Chronology: A Note on the Prophecy of the Li Country

The Prophecy of the Li Country, an 8th-century Tibetan text, is difficult to use for reconstructing Khotanese history: an attempt is here made to reconstruct from the order of precedence of the monasteries, combined with external data from Faxian's text, a possible chronology for events of the 3rd and 4th centuries, and among them, the famous story of the introduction of sericiculture in Khotan.