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Buddhists, Shamans, and SovietsRituals of History in Post-Soviet Buryatia$
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Justine Buck Quijada

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190916794

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190916794.001.0001

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An Inauguration for Etigelov

An Inauguration for Etigelov

Multiple Genres of History in Buryatia

(p.34) 1 An Inauguration for Etigelov
Buddhists, Shamans, and Soviets

Justine Buck Quijada

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the inauguration of a Buddhist monument (stupa) in honor of Dashi-Dorzho Etigelov, a pre-revolutionary Buddhist leader who has returned in the post-Soviet period as a miraculously preserved body. This ritual allows us to see how three different historical genres coexist in the same context, thereby illustrating the larger argument of the book. These genres are a Buddhist institutional genre produced by the Buddhist Sangha, a local shamanic genre that focuses on state violence and draws on shamanic ideas about place spirits, and a Soviet genre that tells the history of the same village as a collective farm. This chapter presents an example of how multiple historical genres coexist and how people code-switch between them, depending on the context in which “us” is invoked.

Keywords:   Tibetan Buddhism, stupa, Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov, native intellectuals, collectivization, Soviet Union

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