New Delhi, Feb.27 : New research on a tombstone dating back to the ninth century shows that Christianity had most probably been popular among Tang Dynasty (618-907) civilians.
According to Chinese archaeologists, the incomplete damaged eight-surface tombstone, unearthed in Luoyang City, central Henan Province, in 2006, had scriptures of the Jingjiao, or Nestorian Church, and pictures of crosses.
"To be exact, the Christian text was a China-proper ontological thesis about the Christian theology written by a prelate who had been long living in China in the late eighth century," Xinhua news agency quoted Luo Zhao, a Chinese Academy of Social Sciences religious researcher, as saying.
The significance of the finding is believed by Chinese archaeologists to be nothing less than that of the Jingjiao stone tablet unearthed in 1623 in the Tang capital Xi'an. The tablet, engraved in 781, revealed for the first time the spreading of the religion in half a century after it came to China via the Silk Road, a trade route linking China with Asian and European nations.