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Since 5th century Kashmiri Buddhist sage Gunavarman converted the king of Java and Funanese scholars translated Mahayana texts in China, Southeast Asia has been criss-crossed by missionary Buddhists who left their trace in the art and architecture of the region. For example icons of Esoteric Buddhism are found in Champa, Vietnam, Cambodia and Java, while close bonds link the texts and icons of the Theravada lineages of Sri Lanka, Burma and Thailand.