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The Navel of the Demoness: Tibetan Buddhism and Civil Religion in Highland Nepal

Charles Ramble


This book is a study of religion in a Tibetanised community of highland Nepal. The village of Te, in Mustang District, is nominally Buddhist: until recent times it had a tradition of Sakyapa monasticism, and depends on Nyingmapa tantric priests for ritual and clerical services. However, it also has a thriving cult of territorial divinities involving the performance of animal sacrifices. At first glance, Te appears to be a fundamentally pagan community attempting to preserve its traditions against the efforts of Tibetan Buddhist missionaries. However, a closer investigation reveals that this pi ... More

Keywords: Nepal, Tibet, Mustang, Buddhism, tantric priests, sacrifice, Bellah, Parsons, transcendence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195154146
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195154146.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles Ramble, author
Oriental Institute, University of Oxford
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