Lamas, Shamans and Ancestors: Village Religion in Sikkim

5a7648a74d1b1.jpeg Author Anna Balikci
Isbn 9004167064
File size 4MB
Year 2008
Pages 403
Language English
File format PDF
Category Religion

Book Description:

This careful study of the co-existence over time among the Lhopo (Bhutia) people of Sikkim sheds new light on the supposedly hostile relationship between Buddhism and shamanism. It examines the working relationships between Buddhist lamas and practitioners of bon, taking into consideration the sacred history of the land as well as its more recent political and economic transformation.

Their interactions are presented in terms of the contexts in which lamas and shamans meet, these being rituals of the sacred land, of the individual and household, and of village and state. Village lamas and shamans are shown to share a conceptual view of reality which is at the base of their amiable coexistence. In contrast to the hostility which, the recent literature suggests, characterizes the lama-shaman relationship, their association reveals that the real confrontation occurs when village Buddhism is challenged by its conventional counterpart.


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