The Nestorian pillar of Luoyang is a Tang Chinese pillar erected in 814-815 CE, which contains inscriptions related to early Christianity in China, particularly the Church of the East. It is a Nestorian pillar, discovered in 2006 in Luoyang, which is related to the Nestorian stele of Xi'an.
|Nestorian pillar of Luoyang|
|Literal meaning||Pillar of the Sutra on the Origin of Origins of Daqin Luminous Religion|
The title of the pillar is 大秦景教宣元至本經 "Sutra on the Origin of Origins of Daqin Luminous Religion", one of the Jingjiao Documents. The pillar was erected in 814-815 CE, and moved to another location in 829 CE, as explained in one part of the inscriptions. The "sutra" which starts with a Trisagion (Qadishā Alāhā) was dedicated to a deceased Lady An (安氏太夫人) of Sogdian descent. The inscription tells about her ancestors who came from Bukhara in Central Asia; her relatives and clergymen from the Luoyang Daqin Monastery, who attended the funeral service also had typical Sogdian surnames such as Mi (米, origin of Maymurgh) and Kang (康, of Samarkand, or historically Kangju).
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- Li, Tang; Winkler, Dietmar W., eds. (2020). Artifact, Text, Context: Studies on Syriac Christianity in China and Central Asia. "orientalia – patristica – oecumenica" series (vol. 17). Zürich: LIT Verlag. pp. 126–127. ISBN 978-3-643-91195-7.
- Holm, Frits (2001), My Nestorian Adventure in China: A Popular Account of the Holm-Nestorian Expedition to Sian-Fu and Its Results, Volume 6 of Georgias reprint series, Gorgias Press LLC, ISBN 0-9713097-6-0. Originally published by: Hutchinson & Co, London, 1924.
- SIR E. A. WALLIS BUDGE, KT., THE MONKS OF KUBLAl KHAN EMPEROR OF CHINA (1928) - contains reproductions of early photographs of the stele where it stood in the early 20th century (from Havret etc.)