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Mi Son [Mĩ-sǫn]locked

  • Emmanuel Guillon

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Important Shaivite site in Champa, situated rather inaccessibly in a circular plain surrounded by mountains, 40 km to the south-east of Da Nang in central Vietnam. Inscriptions found at the site indicate that it flourished from the 4th and 5th centuries ad until the 12th century, although no buildings remain from the first three centuries of this period. The monuments of Mi Son are irregularly sited from south to north on either side of a winding river, and in the early 20th century archaeologists classified them into nine groups, according to their location and not their chronology, as follows: A (13 monuments), A’ (4 monuments), B (14 monuments), C (7 monuments), D (6 monuments), E (9 monuments), F (3 monuments), G (5 monuments) and H (4 monuments). They have been protected and gradually cleared and restored since the Vietnam War (...

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