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In this paper I mainly focus on early material on Maitreya, based on a small selection of sources. Although many of the sūtra texts mentioned below can be dated to the Eastern Jìn period (317-420), the important question of text production and distribution during the early period (i.e., which texts were available during what time and at which locations, and where did they originate) cannot be dealt with (and also might be difficult to reconstruct in some cases). Generally, materials concerning Maitreya narratives include canonical scriptures, compilations produced in China (sometimes referred to as “apocryphals”), commentaries and essays on Maitreya, inscriptions on statues and steles, etc. Although iconographic material (on which I touch upon in the first section of the paper) include large numbers of statues, in addition to some early wall paintings, I have focused on a consistent set of statues from the 6th century discovered in the same region, and all of them containing detailed inscription texts.
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Maitreya statues, Maitreya, Maitreya in China, Maitreya dedicatory statues, Maitreya sūtras, Buddhist narratives

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Anderl, Christoph. 2014. “Some Remarks on Narrative Strategies in Chinese Maitreya Accounts.” In Zhidun and Buddhism Under Wei and Jin Dynasties : Collection of Essays of the International Conference (Supplementary Collection) = 支遁與魏晉南北朝佛教-國際學術研討會論文集(增), ed. 會稽山佛教協會Kuaiji, 1–19. Shaoxing, Zhejiang Province, China.
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Anderl, C. (2014). Some remarks on narrative strategies in Chinese Maitreya accounts. In 會稽山佛教協會K. (Ed.), Zhidun and Buddhism under Wei and Jin Dynasties : Collection of Essays of the International Conference (Supplementary Collection) = 支遁與魏晉南北朝佛教-國際學術研討會論文集(增) (pp. 1–19). Presented at the The First Mt. Kuaiji Forum : Culture China Autumn Lectures and International Conference on Zhi Dun and Buddhism under Wei and Jin Dynasties, Shaoxing, Zhejiang Province, China.
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Anderl C. Some remarks on narrative strategies in Chinese Maitreya accounts. In: 會稽山佛教協會K, editor. Zhidun and Buddhism under Wei and Jin Dynasties : Collection of Essays of the International Conference (Supplementary Collection) = 支遁與魏晉南北朝佛教-國際學術研討會論文集(增). Shaoxing, Zhejiang Province, China; 2014. p. 1–19.
MLA
Anderl, Christoph. “Some Remarks on Narrative Strategies in Chinese Maitreya Accounts.” Zhidun and Buddhism Under Wei and Jin Dynasties : Collection of Essays of the International Conference (Supplementary Collection) = 支遁與魏晉南北朝佛教-國際學術研討會論文集(增). Ed. 會稽山佛教協會Kuaiji. Shaoxing, Zhejiang Province, China, 2014. 1–19. Print.
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