Archaeologists have found a ceramic urn with an inscription with the name of Siddhārtha Gautama, those who could be the remains of buddha, in Jingchuan county.
Along with the urn with mortal remains, they found more than 260 Buddhist statues, many of them up to two meters high, archaeologists reported to the Chinese Cultural Relics magazine.
The inscription on the urn says that the monks "Yunjiang and Zhiming of the Lotus School, who belonged to the Mañjuśrī Temple of the Longxing Monastery in Jingzhou Prefecture, collected more than 2,000 Buddhist relics, as well as the teeth and bones of the Buddha, and buried them in the temple on June 22 of the year 1013”.
This inscription details that these two monks spent more than 20 years collecting the relics of Buddha, many times called Gautama Buddha, without mentioning the statues, which are supposed to have been buried later.
The team of researchers, led by Hong Wu, from the Gansu Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archeology, did not want to assess if the inscription is true and if the remains are those of Buddha, and they recalled that in recent years more ancient remains with inscriptions of Buddha were found.
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