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Death and Reincarnation in Tibetan Buddhism
Death and Reincarnation in Tibetan Buddhism
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Death and Reincarnation in Tibetan Buddhism

In-Between Bodies
Tanya Zivkovic
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Death and Reincarnation in Tibetan Buddhism

In-Between Bodies
Tanya Zivkovic
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Contextualising the seemingly esoteric and exotic aspects of Tibetan Buddhist culture within the everyday, embodied and sensual sphere of religious praxis, this book centres on the social and religious lives of deceased Tibetan Buddhist lamas. It explores how posterior forms – corpses, relics, reincarnations and hagiographical representations – extend a lama's trajectory of lives and manipulate biological imperatives of birth and death.

The book looks closely at previously unexamined figures whose history is relevant to a better understanding of how Tibetan culture navigates its own understanding of reincarnation, the veneration of relics and different social roles of different types of practitioners. It analyses both the minutiae of everyday interrelations between lamas and their devotees, specifically noted in ritual performances and the enactment of lived tradition, and the sacred hagiographical conventions that underpin local knowledge.

A phenomenology of Tibetan Buddhist life, the book provides an ethnography of the everyday embodiment of Tibetan Buddhism. This unusual approach offers a valuable and a genuine new perspective on Tibetan Buddhist culture and is of interest to researchers in the fields of social/cultural anthropology andreligious, Buddhist and Tibetan studies.

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Publisher
Taylor and Francis
Year
2013
ISBN
9781134593767
Topic
Theology & Religion
Subtopic
Buddhism
Edition
1

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