Material relating to the Nanzhao Dehua Stele 南诏德化碑.
As the first-hand material for research into the Nanzhao state′s politics & military, society & history, and economy &
culture, the inscription on the Nanzhao Dehua Stele is highly valuable; and as a literary work that features a close-knit fabric, mild
and roundabout statements, parallelism of sentences, and elegance of language, it is a splendid stele-style essay. Today when we
stress the need for our national culture to "walk out" on its own initiative and highlight "the cultural turn" of translation studies, there
has arisen a disproportionate theoretic probe into the significance, translator′s identity and strategy in translating Chinese classics into
English. The translation of the inscription on the Nanzhao Dehua Stele, however, embarks on actual practice and, guided all the way
by "foreignization" approach, progresses from "translator′s invisibility" to "translator′s visibility." Herein, for the convenience of
reference, is published the full text of the inscription in English version as follows.
Based on the existing inscription on the Nanzhao Moralization Tablet, the historical documents in the Qing Dynasty and
the permutation of the words recorded on the rubbings as well as the special treatment and principles, which was stuck to when the
inscription was engraved, the author analyzes the permutation of the words in the original inscription on the tablet. Through restoration
it can be concluded that there are 46 lines on the front-surface of the tablet and on its back where the official inscribed his name,
there are 42 lines, which is also proved by the newly found documents.
"Nanzhao Dehuabei tablet",
which was built in the Tang dynasty(AD 766), is the the most important
tablet legacy of the tang dynasty. The content of tablet includes
abundant meanings, in particular, the history of Yunnan. Although the
tablet was not been preserved perfectly, there are quite a lot
researches with this tablet. This tablet mentioned 109 geographical
terms. However, there is only few specialized study on the geographical
terms of this tablet. In fact, the inscription of the Nanzhao Dehuabei
tablet can be used as a tool for studying the early history of NanZhao.
It can give confirmation to other records.This thesis collects and
analyzes the records about geographical terms of was Nanzhao Dehuabei
tablet, and gives definition to the types of these geographical terms
and confirmations to the records in a few books.In the first part, the
basic information about Nanzhao Dehuabei tablet is given. Then some
analysis and classification to the geographical terms is completed.
Following that each type of geographical term is discussed separately.
The information read from Nanzhao Dehuabei tablet is next compared to
the history events of Nanzhao kingdom. Finally, a comparison between the
records of Nanzhao Dehuabei tablet and those of five books is shown. It
is found that all the records are in consistent. In addition, the
geographical changes in both the early and late Nanzhao period, and how
these changes affect the politics,diplomacy, culture of that kindom.