Pilgrimage in Tibet

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The Western image of Tibet as a sacred land is in many ways a mythical construction. But the Tibetans themselves have traditionally mapped out their land in terms of areas of sacred space, and pilgrimage, ensuring a high degree of mobility within all classes of Tibetan society. Pilgrims travelled to local, regional, and national centres throughout recorded Tibetan history. In recent years, pilgrimage has resumed in areas where it had been forbidden by the Chinese authorities, and has now become one of the most ...

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Overview

The Western image of Tibet as a sacred land is in many ways a mythical construction. But the Tibetans themselves have traditionally mapped out their land in terms of areas of sacred space, and pilgrimage, ensuring a high degree of mobility within all classes of Tibetan society. Pilgrims travelled to local, regional, and national centres throughout recorded Tibetan history. In recent years, pilgrimage has resumed in areas where it had been forbidden by the Chinese authorities, and has now become one of the most prominent religious expressions of Tibetan national identity.

In this major new work, leading scholars of Asian pilgrimage traditions discuss historical and contemporary aspects of pilgrimage within the Tibetan cultural world. Myths and legends, material conditions, textual sources, a modern pilgrim's impressions, political and economic influences, biographies and contemporary developments - all these and many other issues are examined here. The result is an informative and often entertaining work which contributes greatly to our knowledge of the history and culture of Tibet as well as the wider issues of religious power and practice.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700709922
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/25/1998
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Foreword
Map
Introduction 1
1 Reflections on Pilgrimages to Sacred Mountains, Lakes and Caves 18
2 On the Geographical and Material Contextuality of Tibetan Pilgrimage 35
3 Hindu Trading Pilgrims 52
4 Khyung-sprul 'Jigs-med nam-mkha'i rdo-rje (1897-1995): An Early Twentieth-century Tibetan Pilgrim in India 71
5 On Pilgrimage for Forty Years in the Himalayas: The Female Lama Jetsun Lochen Rinpoche's (1865-1951) Quest for Sacred Sites 85
6 On the Way to Kailash 108
7 The Opening of the sBas Yul 'Bras mo'i gshongs according to the Chronicle of the Rulers of Sikkim: pilgrimage as a metaphorical model of the submission of foreign populations 117
8 On the Sacredness of Mount Kailasa in the Indian and Tibetan Sources 143
9 Kailas-Manasarovar in "Classical" (Hindu) and Colonial Sources: Asceticism, Power, and Pilgrimage 165
10 Tibetan Pilgrimage in the Process of Social Change: The Case of Jiuzhaigou 184
Bibliography 202
Notes on Contributors 220
Index 223
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