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The Bon Landscape of Dolpo

Kind, Marietta:
The Bon Landscape of Dolpo : pilgrimages, monasteries, biographies and the emergence of Bon / Marietta Kind. - Bern ; Berlin ; Bruxelles ; Frankfurt am Main ; New York ; Oxford ; Wien : Peter Lang Verlag, 2012. - 568 S. : Ill., Kt. - (Welten Süd- und Zentralasiens = Worlds of South and Inner Asia = Mondes de l'Asie du Sud et de L'Asie centrale ; 4)
ISBN 978-3-0343-0690-4
SFr 91,00 / EUR 74,90
DDC: 299.54095496

The reader is taken on a journey to Dolpo, one of Nepal's remotest Tibetan enclaves with a large community that follow the Bon religion. The present ethnography regards the landscape of Dolpo as the temporary result of an ongoing cumulative cultural process that emerges from the interaction of the natural environment and the communities that inhabit it and endow it with meaning. Pilgrimage provides the key to structuring the book, which is based on anthropological research and the study of the textual legacy. Along the extensive and richly illustrated Bon pilgrimages through Dolpo, the various strands of the written and the oral, the local and the general, the past and present are unrolled step by step and woven into a pattern that provides a first insight into the partial shift from a landscape inhabited by territorial deities to a Bon landscape. In addition, it presents an overview of the main protagonists who discovered the sacred sites, opened pilgrimages, founded monasteries and disseminated the crucial Bon teachings. A number of well-known Tibetan figures emerge among these players thanks to translations of biographies that have survived in rare and unpublished manuscripts. This book sheds light on how Bon religion emerged in Dolpo and has remained alive. [Verlagsinformation]

Acknowledgements. 11
Foreword by Charles Ramble. 15
Introduction. 21
Bon, Zhangzhung, Tibet, Nepal and Dolpo: A Sketch of the Religious and Historical Context. 41
Opening Sacred Grounds: Bon Pilgrimages in Dolpo. 65
Jagdul: The Hidden Land of Shining Rainbows. 73
Mount Riwo Palwar: Contest of a Bon Lama and a Buddhist Lama. 107
Pawo Drunga and the Eternal Tiger Den Cave. 139
Samling Monastery and its Sacred Mountain Mugporong. 171
Shey Riwo Druktra: The Contested Crystal Mountain. 213
Khyungphuk: The Garuḍa Cave. 257
Pugmo and Lama Chumik: Abode of the Treton and Khyungpo Lamas. 281
Transformational Processes in the Bon Pilgrimages of Dolpo. 367
The Main Protagonists in the Propagation of Bon in Dolpo. 381
Bibliography. 399
List of Maps and Illustrations. 417
Glossary and Index. 425
Annex 1: Wylie Transcriptions of the Guide-Books and Biographies. 453
Annex 2: Copies of the Original Texts. 493

The anthropologist Marietta Kind gained her PhD at the Universities of Zurich and Oxford. She has worked as a lecturer and research fellow at the Ethnographic Museum of Zurich University. With her Tapriza NGO she supports a school in Dolpo and the cultural heritage of this region. Her latest research project at Bern University is concerned with second generation Tibetans in Switzerland and their relation to Buddhism.

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  1. Kind, Marietta (2012).  The Bon Landscape of Dolpo: pilgrimages, monasteries, biographies and the emergence of Bon. Welten Süd- und Zentralasiens = Worlds of South and Inner Asia = Mondes de l'Asie du Sud et de L'Asie centrale; 4. 568 S.