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Title: bod kyi deb ther dpyid kyi rgyal mo'i glu dbyangs
Language of title: Tibetan
Title in other language: Annals of Tibet: song of the Spring Queen
Other language: English
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. The Fifth Dalai Lama’s history has been translated into English in its entirety by Zahiruddin Ahmad, A History of Tibet by the Fifth Dalai Lama of Tibet (Bloomington: Indiana University Research Center for Inner Asian Studies, 1995). (Kurtis Schaeffer 2004-07-16)

Publisher Place: Charlottesville, VA
Publisher: Tibetan and Himalayan Library
Normalized publisher place: Charlottesville, VA
Publisher country: United States
Publisher URL: http://thlib.org
Published Date: 2004
URL: http://iris.lib.virginia.edu/tibet/xml/show.php?xml=/collections/history/texts/5th_dl_history_text.xml&m=hide
Subject: Fifth Dalai Lama Ngawang Lozang Gyatso (ngag dbang blo bzang rgya mtsho, 1617-1682)
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
Cultural Coverage: India
Tibet and Himalayas
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
Language: Tibetan
Interface Language: English

Other Editions: History of Tibet:by the Fifth Dalai Lama of Tibet: English translation of this text.

Relation: Resource ID 842
Format: Online resource
Media type: Text
Resource Type: Book (single author)
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Date Of Record Creation: 2004-07-15 17:05:46
Date Record Checked: 2004-07-15
Date Last Modified: 2008-11-20 19:11:47
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