Epilogue: The <i>Da Qin</i> Temple

Michael Keevak

in The Story of a Stele

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9789622098954
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207608 | DOI:
Epilogue: The Da Qin Temple

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Once the stone had been placed into the Beilin in Xi'an, it must have been clear to Westerners that it was not going to be “rescued” to a museum of their own. In the popular imagination, the stone had its brief moment of fame and then returned to earth just as quickly, and Frits Holm's replica, once front-page news and a major attraction at the Metropolitan Museum, was soon to disappear into the Vatican's little-visited Missionary Ethnological collections. The story of the stone (in the West) had largely come to an end by 1916, when Holm's replica was removed from its place of honor in New York. Martin Palmer's assumptions about the position of Christianity were markedly different from previous ones. The Da Qin pagoda in the village of Ta Yuin, in the Zhouzhi district near Xi'an, about two hours from the city center by car, is described. Palmer's book is given over to understanding the early form of Chinese Christianity, and also to why it fell into a state of almost total oblivion for the next 1,200 years.

Keywords: Da Qin; Beilin; Christianity; Martin Palmer; Xi'an; stone

Chapter.  5467 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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