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The Sutra of Filial Piety

Korean woodblock book, printed on brown paper during the 16th century. The text is assumed to have been written in China since the earliest known version of this sutra was discovered at Dunhuang. Though Buddhist, it incorporates the Confucian ethic of repaying the kindness and devotion of one's parents through acts of self-abasement.

Find out more about this manuscript and other sacred texts in Expressions of Faith.

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