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Loyalty and Command

Shamans, Lamas, and Spirits in a Siberian Ritual

Galina Lindquist

This article considers a ritual of blessing the spirits of locality in Tuva, Southern Siberia, and compares the ways in which shamans and lamas perform it. The rituals are treated as pragmatic ways of attaining human ends rather than 'signifying practices' based on shared meanings, wherein practices create a certain version of reality. Ritual specialists and lay people share this social universe but differ in their positioning relative to various types of its inhabitants. In these conditions, it is suggested, it makes more sense to speak of bodily and emotional attitudes and styles of interpretation of signs than shared 'beliefs' as cognitive stances.

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A Topographic Event

A Buddhist Lama’s Perception of a Pilgrimage Cave

Jesper Oestergaard

This article discusses a Buddhist lama's perception of a cave, situated in Maratika in the eastern part of Nepal, which is a pilgrimage site to both Hindus and Buddhists. In the Buddhist perspective, Maratika is believed to be the location where the mythological hero Padmasambhava achieved immortality and where he left various traces in the landscape, such as footprints in rocks. Mythology and geography thus intersect in Maratika, whereby myth is spatialized and landscape is temporalized. Through a description of a series of events, in which a specific, newly discovered trace was an object of joint attention between the lama, Karma Wangchuk, and myself, the article illustrates how the perception of the landscape is a mediation between dripstone formations on the walls of the cave and the mythology of Padmasambhava.

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Carl Thompson, The Suffering Traveller and the Romantic Imagination Felipe Fernández-Armesto

Ros Ballaster, Fabulous Orients: Fictions of the East in England 1662-1785 Pramod K. Nayar

Katherine Haldane Grenier, Tourism and Identity in Scotland, 1770-1914: Creating Caledonia Eric G.E. Zuelow

Andrew Hammond, The Debated Lands: British and American Representations of the Balkans Wendy Bracewell

Tabish Khair, et al, Other Routes: 1500 Years of African and Asian Travel Writing Brian Yothers

Kate Teltscher, The High Road to China: George Bogle, the Panchen Lama and the First British Expedition to Tibet Felipe Fernández-Armesto

Monica Anderson, Women and the Politics of Travel, 1870–1914 Mefdüne Yürekli

Krista Thompson, An Eye for the Tropics: Tourism, Photography, and Framing the Caribbean Picturesque Annie Paul

Jeffrey Ruoff (ed.), Virtual Voyages: Cinema and Travel Gaetana Marrone

Muzaffar Alam and Sanjay Subrahmanyam, Indo-Persian Travels in the Age of Discoveries, 1400-1880 Serge Gruzinski

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The Image of Heathens

Archbishop Veniamin Blagonravov's Perception of Religion and Nationality in the Transbaikal

Anna Peck

Veniamin (Blagonravov), Bishop of Selenginsk (1862-1868) and Archbishop of Irkutsk and Nerchinsk (1873-1892), was for almost three decades the leading missionary in the Transbaikal. A strong believer in Christian and Russian/Western superiority he actively introduced Christianization and Russification to Transbaikalian Buriats. Veniamin understood both processes as crucial for the Russian raison d'état in Asia. Baptized Buriats were supposed to accept a Russian lifestyle and identify themselves as Russians. Perceiving Buddhist lamas as vicious competitors he accused them of delaying the process of the development of the native people. Veniamin perceived Buddhism as a heathen Asian tradition and, as such, inferior to the religion and culture offered to the converts by the Orthodox Christian missionaries. Images of “heathens,“ his way of portraying Buddhists, differed noticeably from the comprehensive and complex understanding of Buddhism presented by his predecessor, Archbishop Nil.

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George Johnston’s Tibetan Interlude

Myth and Reality in Shangri-La

Paul Genoni and Tanya Dalziell

-robed lamas “yammering excitedly” (224); and a Living Buddha clad in a winecolored robe worn over a yellow silk gown and a “strange hat of glossy yellow lacquer shaped like a pagoda” (225). This is a new world, exotically unlike anything Johnston has

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Spiritually Enmeshed, Socially Enmeshed

Shamanism and Belonging in Ulaanbaatar

Saskia Abrahms-Kavunenko

not concerned with helping people. She described with some incredulity that well-known lamas and shamans exact large fees to perform religious rituals for the rich and powerful. 3 As Buyandelger (2013) writes of Buryat shamans, the relationship that

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The Ethics of Collective Sponsorship

Virtuous Action and Obligation in Contemporary Tibet

Jane Caple

reference to monastic officials (sometimes reincarnate lamas) going out into their patron communities to collect contributions toward monastic activities. A mode of monastic financing based on historical precedent, kartik represented a

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The White Cotton Robe

Charisma and Clothes in Tibetan Buddhism Today

Magdalena Maria Turek

, I would classify charismatic Khampa lamas into two categories. In the first, charisma is routinized and institutionalized in the status of a reincarnate master or trülku (sprul sku). 1 The second category concerns individuals who climb the ladder

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The Death Throes of Sacrificed Chicken

Triggering Critical Reflexive Stances on Ritual Action in Togo

Marie Daugey

maintain his popularity among Kabye, as bulls are the most expensive sacrificial animals. The sacrifice that I will discuss took place in July 2010 in the locality of Lama in a grove called Savdε , which is held to be the place where the mythical founding

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Andrei Bazarov

Translator : Jenanne K. Ferguson

), The Testament of Khambo Lama Itigylov, and so on. 8 In addition to new publications, “old” books are being reprinted, such as the Suvarnaprabhãsottamasutra, Vajracchedikã-prajnãpãramitã, Etigel , and Üliger-un Dalai . Further, modern publications