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Cīna

The Pāḷi name of China. It is several times mentioned in the Milindapañha (121, 327), once as a place where ships congregate (359). Nāgasena speaks (121) of a contemporary Cīnarājā who could charm the ocean by an Act of Truth and could enter the ocean to a distance of one league in his chariot drawn by lions, the waves rolling back at his approach.

The Apadāna (ii.359) speaks of the Cīnaraṭṭha in a list of countries and tribes.

The Commentaries (e.g., VibbA.159) speak of the softness of Chinese silk (cīnapata).

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