Tibetan Book of the Dead Timeline

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  • 742 - c. 797
    Tibetan Book of the Dead composed during the reign of emperor Trhi Songdetsen.
  • 1326 - 1386
    Life of the "Revealer" Karma Lingpa who discovered the Tibetan Book of the Dead texts.
  • c. 1400 - c. 1700
    The Tibetan Book of the Dead is used in funerary rituals.
  • c. 1700
    Tibetan Book of the Dead is printed using block-printing technique and widely dispersed.
  • 1919
    Tibetan Book of the Dead is found by English officer and given to anthropologist W. Evans-Wentz.
  • 1919 - 1922
    The scholar Dawa Samdup translates Tibetan Book of the Dead into English with W. Evans-Wentz.
  • 1927
    W. Evans-Wentz publishes the first edition of The Tibetan Book of the Dead in English.
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