Tibetan Empire

The Tibetan Empire existed during the 7th and 9th centuries A.D., and ruled an area considerably larger than the Tibetan Plateau that stretched to parts of Central Asia to South Asia.

The historic name for the Tibetan Empire is different from Tibet's present name.

"This first mention of the name Bod, the usual name for Tibet in the later Tibetan historical sources, is significant in that it is used to refer to a conquered region. In other words, the ancient name Bod originally referred only to a part of the Tibetan Plateau, a part which, together with Rtsaṅ (Tsang, in Tibetan now spelled Gtsaṅ, has come to be called Dbus-gtsaṅ (Central Tibet)."

Traditional Tibetan history preserves a lengthy list of rulers, whose exploits become subject to external verification in the Chinese histories by the seventh century. From the 7th to the 11th century a series of emperors ruled Tibet – see List of emperors of Tibet. Throughout the centuries from the time of the emperor Songtsän Gampo the power of the empire gradually increased over a diverse terrain so that by the reign of the emperor Ralpacan, in the opening years of the ninth century, its influence extended as far south as Bengal and as far north as Mongolia.

The varied terrain of the empire and the difficulty of transportation, coupled with the new ideas that came into the empire as a result of its expansion, helped to create stresses and power blocs that were often in competition with the ruler at the center of the empire. Thus, for example, adherents of the Bön religion and the supporters of the ancient noble families gradually came to find themselves in competition with the recently-introduced Buddhism.

Read more about Tibetan EmpireNamri Songtsen and Founding of The Dynasty, Reign of Songtsän Gampo (618–650), Reign of Mangsong Mangtsän (650–676), Reign of Tridu Songtsän (677-704), Reign of Tride Tsuktsän (704–754), Reign of Trisong Detsän (756–797 or 804), Reign of Muné Tsenpo (c. 797–799?), Reign of Tride Songtsän (799–815), Reign of Tritsu Detsen (815–838), Reign of Langdarma (838–842), Decline

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