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The Dalai Lama and the Nechung Oracle

Christopher Bell


This book is about two immortals whose friendship has spanned nearly five hundred years across the Tibetan plateau and beyond. The first immortal is the Dalai Lama, the emanation of a bodhisattva, an enlightened being who voluntarily takes rebirth in the world to benefit sentient beings. The second immortal is a wrathful god named Pehar, who has possessed the Nechung Oracle since the sixteenth century. This book is the first to examine the relationship between these two monolithic figures, which strengthened in the seventeenth century during the reign of the Fifth Dalai Lama (1617–1682). This ... More

Keywords: Tibet, demon, god, ritual, Buddhism, Dalai Lama, Nechung, mythology, Pehar, Dorje Drakden

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197533352
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197533352.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Bell, author
Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Stetson University in Florida