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Title: History of Tibet by the Fifth Dalai Lama of Tibet
Language of title: English
Title in other language: bod kyi deb ther spyid kyi rgyal mo'i glu dbyangs
Other language: Tibetan
Author/Creator: Ngawang Lozang Gyatso (Ngag dbang blo bzang rgya mtsho), Dalai Lama V, 1617-1682

Description: In 1643, one year after he took the throne as ruler of Central Tibet, the Fifth Dalai Lama, Ngawang Lozang Gyatso (rgyal dbang lnga pa ngag dbang blo bzang rgya mtsho, 1617-1682), composed a history of Tibetan political institutions entitled Song of the Spring Queen. This influential history begins with a short life of the Buddha and a brief discussion of the Kālacakra Tantra, then moves quickly to the history of imperial Tibetan rulers. The central chapters of the work detail the political institutions of Ü (dbus) and Tsang (gtsang) in Central Tibet from the twelfth to the beginning of the seventeenth centuries, including sections on the Sakyapa, Phakmodrupa, and Rinpungpa hegemonies. The concluding chapter lauds the Fifth Dalai Lama’s Mongolian patron, Gushri Khan. The Fifth Dalai Lama is occasionally critical of other historians, stating in the conclusion that his work is meant to correct "the foolish and baseless words of proud and haughty ‘learned men’." Throughout the book are interspersed examples of ornate poetry, giving the work a tone of both formal eloquence and rhetorical authority. In both style and content, the Song of the Spring Queen is one of the most important historical works dedicated to Central Tibet that we possess. (Kurtis Schaeffer 2004-07-16)

Translator: Zahiruddin Ahmad
Publisher Place: Bloomington, Ind.
Publisher: Indiana University, Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies
Normalized publisher place: Bloomington, IN
Publisher country: United States
Published Date: 1995
Extent: xii, 316 p. ; 24 cm.
Subject: Tibetan History
Fifth Dalai Lama Ngawang Lozang Gyatso (ngag dbang blo bzang rgya mtsho, 1617-1682)
Annals
Classification: Tibetan and Himalayan -- Tibetan Literature -- Historical Literature -- Histories
Tibetan and Himalayan -- History -- Religious History
Tibetan and Himalayan -- Tibetan Literature -- Historical Literature -- Religious Histories
Tibetan and Himalayan -- Tibetan Literature -- Historical Literature -- Annals
Tibetan and Himalayan -- Religion -- Monasteries -- Region -- Tibet -- Central Tibet (dbus gtsang) -- Sera Monastery
Tibetan and Himalayan -- Religion -- Monasteries -- Sects -- Gelukpa (dge lugs pa) -- Sera Monastery
Tibetan and Himalayan -- Religion -- Monasteries -- Sects -- Gelukpa (dge lugs pa) -- Sera Monastery -- Sera Hermitages
Tibetan and Himalayan -- Religion -- Monasteries -- Region -- Tibet -- Central Tibet (dbus gtsang) -- Sera Monastery -- Sera Hermitages
Cultural Coverage: India
China
Tibet
Tibet and Himalayas
Mongolia
Temporal coverage: 5th century BCE
7th century CE
8th century CE
9th century CE
10th century CE
11th century CE
12th century CE
13th century CE
14th century CE
15th century CE
16th century CE
17th century CE
Original Language: Tibetan
Language: English
Series Title: Indiana University Oriental Series
Series volume: 7
ISBN/ISSN: 0933070322

Other Editions: Annals of Tibet: Song of the Spring Queen: original Tibetan text from which The History of Tibet was translated.

Relation: Resource ID 841
Project:

Sera Monastery Project

Sera Hermitages Project

Format: Print media (print or manuscript, including PDFs)
Resource Type: Book (single author)
Release Flag: OK for viewing
Date Of Record Creation: 2004-07-15 18:03:34
Date Record Checked: 2004-07-15
Date Last Modified: 2008-04-09 00:35:26
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