Why the Saliendras were not a Javanese dynasty
 
By Roy E Jordaan
 
Published in Indonesia and the Malay World, Volume 34, No. 98, March 2006
 
ABSTRACT
Archaeologists and art hstorians generally agree that most of the 8th to 9th century Buddhist temples in central Java were constructed by the rulers who claimed to belong to the Saliendra dynasty. But the unsolved question preying on the minds od scholars for many decades now is the origins of this dynasty. Drawing on a variety of arguments, this study contends that the present popularity of the Saliendra dynasty's Javanese origin is ill-founded and urges a resumption of research into its foreign origins, whether in India, Sri Lanka or mainland Southeast Asia
 

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