i-ching is the first to tell us that the Hindus believed he came from China.
i-ching however says that it prevailed in the Malay Archipelago.
The ritual has its counterpart in what i-ching describes as seen by himself in his Indian travels.
i-ching describes the musical services with devout enthusiasm.
They apparently correspond to the monastic lay servants or "pure men" described by i-ching, chap.
i-ching tells us that the king of Bhoja favoured Buddhism and that there were more than a thousand priests in the city.
i-ching, though he does not furnish statistics, gives a clear conspectus of Buddhist sects as they existed in his time.
But in this case, it is very strange that i-ching does not mention so conspicuous an enemy of the Buddhists.
i-ching writing later says that the establishment owned 200 villages and contained eight halls with more than 3000 monks.
i-ching makes no mention of persecution but he deplores the decay of the faith.
1876, from Chinese, said to mean "Book of Changes."