Tibetan and Himalayan Library - THL

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Title: Himalayan Dialogue: Tibetan Lamas and Gurung Shamans in Nepal
Language of title: English
Author/Creator: Stan Royal Mumford
One Sentence Summary: Anthropological analysis of Tibetan culture via the interplay of shamanism and Buddhism.

Description: A prominent anthropological work on Tibetan culture, Himalayan Dialogue uses the lens of hermeneutical dialogue to examine "shamanic" and "Buddhist" aspects of Tibetan culture. These two aspects operate out of quite different paradigms, and Himalayan Dialogue dramatically portrays the tense dialogue that has driven Tibetan culture for over ten centuries. Mumford uses the interaction between Tibetan exiles (Buddhist) in Nepal and indigenous Nepalese communities (shamanic) to reconstruct the interaction and development of Tibetan culture itself out of the interaction between indigenous traditions and Buddhism imported from India beginning in the eighth century CE. This study combines textual analysis with richly contextualized ethnographic data. Rites studied include exchanges with the underworld, demon exorcism, recalling the soul, and the famed guiding of the consciousness in the Tibetan death rite. (Steven Weinberger 2005-09-23)

Publisher Place: Madison, WI
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Normalized publisher place: Madison, Wisconsin
Publisher country: United States
Publisher URL: http://www.wisc.edu/wisconsinpress/
Published Date: 1989
Extent: xii + 286, 12 plates
Subject: Shamanism
Classification: Tibetan and Himalayan -- Anthropology -- Nepal
Tibetan and Himalayan -- Religion -- Tibetan Sects -- Nyingma (rnying ma)
Tibetan and Himalayan -- Anthropology -- Tibet
Cultural Coverage: Nepal
Tibet and Himalayas
Temporal coverage: 8th century CE
9th century CE
20th century CE
Language: English
ISBN/ISSN: 0299119807; 0-299-11984-X
Format: Print media (print or manuscript, including PDFs)
Resource Type: Book (single author)
Release Flag: OK for viewing
Date Of Record Creation: 2005-09-23 12:49:50
Date Record Checked: 2005-09-23
Date Last Modified: 2005-09-23 14:30:20
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