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Some deities that do not present Indian peculiarities can be observed very often in Khotanese paintings in Buddhist temples or on votive wooden tablets. They present unique features that render any identification extremely challenging. In the past, scholars developed two theories. According to Markus Mode, these deities could have been introduced by Sogdian immigrants and they should be then identified as Zoroastrian ones. According to B. Marshak, they are possibly local ones and should not be associated with Sogdian gods. In the present study, it will be discussed as Marshak hypothesis seems to be more correct especially in the light of very recent archaeological discoveries in Khotan.