This article examines information in Vietnamese epigraphical sources. Starting with a general introduction to the collection, it then focuses on donation inscriptions which represent half of the total corpus. These are copies on stone of contracts by which a donor (often a woman), usually without child to perpetuate the cult, offered money and land to a pagoda, council of notables or community which undertook in exchange later to hold commemorative ceremonies of the donor’s death. These inscriptions allow us to study a religious and social practice, and through price lists, to examine the economic history of the countryside.
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