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The Holy Madmen of Tibet$
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David M. DiValerio

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199391202

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199391202.001.0001

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The Lives and Lives of the Madmen of Ü and Tsang

The Lives and Lives of the Madmen of Ü and Tsang

(p.19) 1 The Lives and Lives of the Madmen of Ü and Tsang
The Holy Madmen of Tibet

David M. DiValerio

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with a discussion of the nature of religious biographies or hagiographies: how they function in their documentary and work-like aspects; what they do and do not tell us; and how they can be used for historical research. This is followed by a summary of the biography of the Madman of Ü, which was written in two parts, in 1494 and 1537; and a summary of a biography of the Madman of Tsang, written early in the sixteenth century. Each tells of the future madman’s birth, childhood, entry into the religious life, assumption of an alternative ascetic lifestyle, rise to prominence, and death.

Keywords:   hagiography, religious biography, Madman of Ü, Madman of Tsang, siddha, Nyukla Peṇchen, Lhatong Lotsāwa, Götsang Repa, fifteenth century, sixteenth century, smyon pa

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