Gesar - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Religion

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Whether a real person lies behind the epic hero Gesar is still debated. One of the earliest written instances of his name (as Gesar, king of Phrom) appears in a ninth-century Tibetan manuscript, and the name also appears on a coin that may refer to the king of a Central Asian kingdom in the ninth or tenth century. For most Tibetans he is an eleventh-century historical figure who ruled Ling (Tibetan, Gling), a principality in Khams, that reached its peak in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. It has been suggested that Khrom (or Phrom, pronounced "Throm") could be a distant echo of Rome, via the Turkish word Rûm that designated Rome or Byzance, while Gesar would refer to Kaisar, the Turkish word for "king" or "emperor," derived from Caesar. But Gesar is also seen as a Buddhist character...

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