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Stupa A15 Base at Jaulian Complex
At Jaulian, the inscriptions located at the bottom of some of the stupas and chapels are written in the Kharosthi script and feature the names of donors along with their titles. The Kharosthi script appears to have been adapted from Aramaic for the common language of the Gandharan region which did not possess a written element. The inscriptions illustrate the importance of patronage to the spread of Buddhism in the region and the many different classes of donors show the broad appeal and impact of the religion to many segments of the society. In addition to a variety of members from the merchant class, Buddhist monks are also repeatedly credited as donors which suggests that they accumulated personal wealth and possessed a greater degree of autonomy than previously thought.
Stupa A15 at Jaulian features two inscriptions on the North face of the stupa. The inscriptions reveal the titles of donors to the sanctuary and indicate the social classes to whom Buddhism was important.