The Navel of the Demoness

Tibetan Buddhism and Civil Religion in Highland Nepal

Price: 576.00 INR

ISBN:

9780190056063

Publication date:

02/01/2019

Paperback

408 pages

235.0x156.0mm

Price: 576.00 INR

ISBN:

9780190056063

Publication date:

02/01/2019

Paperback

408 pages

235.0x156.0mm

Charles Ramble

Charles Ramble

Charles Ramble

Table of contents

Introduction
1: The people of Mustang and their history
2: Inside the Shöyul
3: Neighbours and enemies
4: Clans and households
5: Buddhism in Te
6: The wild gods of Te
7: Buddhists or pagans?
8: Agedness of error
9: Community law: the creation of a collectivity
10: The headmen of Te and the heaven-appointed king
11: Conclusion: the disenchantment of Te?
Bibliography

Charles Ramble

Charles Ramble

Review

"This study brilliantly illuminates the much discussed conflict of Tibetan Buddhism and 'pre-Buddhist' religious practices of territorial gods and sacrifice by creatively analyzing them as elements integrated into a broader civil religion guiding lives and society in local communities in the Nepalese highlands. Anyone interested in the fabric of communities and Tibetan Buddhism will find it essential reading." --David Germano, Associate Professor of Tibetan Studies, University of Virginia

"Charles Ramble's book should become a classic, as a brilliant example of how a meticulous ethnography can address the most fundamental issues of anthropology, in this case: what creates the magic of society, what provides institutions with their spurious yet persuasive objectivity and impersonality? With extreme attention to the detail of social interaction, Ramble provides a fascinating account of this process in the limiting case of an extremely small and isolated group. It demonstrates how traditional political and economic institutions are manipulated by the Tepas but also constrain them, in their pragmatic use of foreign religion and local cults." --Pascal Boyer, author of Tradition as Truth and Communication and The Naturalness of Religious Ideas

"There are ethnographies and then are ethnographies. The Navel of the Demonness is a first-rate and pathbreaking comparative ethnography of the people of Te and other communities that lie nestled among the mountains of Upper Mustang, along Nepal's border with Tibet... Happily combining fieldwork with information culled from especially indigenous archival documents, Charles Ramble has succeeded in writing both a synchronic and a diachronic cultural ethnography of the area. Moreover, he has done so using a diction that is as refreshingly lucid as it is informed by his obviously profound learning. As such, his study is free from the obfuscating jargon that so often accompanies superficiality. I dare say, The Navel of the Demonness is one of the best books on Nepalese and Tibetan anthropology to appear in years." --Leonard W.J. van der Kuijp, Professor of Tibetan and Himalayan Studies, Harvard University

"This book should be on the reading list of any graduate course on Tibetan or Himalayan societies and religion, and provides for a most thoroughly enjoyable read for a much larger audience."--Religion

"With a powerful and well-wrought conclusion that brings the book to a close, this excellent monograph can be read in its entirety or as a series of discrete lectures on the civil, religious, and psychological frames that shape Tibetan culture." --The Journal of Asian Studies

Charles Ramble

Reviews

"This study brilliantly illuminates the much discussed conflict of Tibetan Buddhism and 'pre-Buddhist' religious practices of territorial gods and sacrifice by creatively analyzing them as elements integrated into a broader civil religion guiding lives and society in local communities in the Nepalese highlands. Anyone interested in the fabric of communities and Tibetan Buddhism will find it essential reading." --David Germano, Associate Professor of Tibetan Studies, University of Virginia

"Charles Ramble's book should become a classic, as a brilliant example of how a meticulous ethnography can address the most fundamental issues of anthropology, in this case: what creates the magic of society, what provides institutions with their spurious yet persuasive objectivity and impersonality? With extreme attention to the detail of social interaction, Ramble provides a fascinating account of this process in the limiting case of an extremely small and isolated group. It demonstrates how traditional political and economic institutions are manipulated by the Tepas but also constrain them, in their pragmatic use of foreign religion and local cults." --Pascal Boyer, author of Tradition as Truth and Communication and The Naturalness of Religious Ideas

"There are ethnographies and then are ethnographies. The Navel of the Demonness is a first-rate and pathbreaking comparative ethnography of the people of Te and other communities that lie nestled among the mountains of Upper Mustang, along Nepal's border with Tibet... Happily combining fieldwork with information culled from especially indigenous archival documents, Charles Ramble has succeeded in writing both a synchronic and a diachronic cultural ethnography of the area. Moreover, he has done so using a diction that is as refreshingly lucid as it is informed by his obviously profound learning. As such, his study is free from the obfuscating jargon that so often accompanies superficiality. I dare say, The Navel of the Demonness is one of the best books on Nepalese and Tibetan anthropology to appear in years." --Leonard W.J. van der Kuijp, Professor of Tibetan and Himalayan Studies, Harvard University

"This book should be on the reading list of any graduate course on Tibetan or Himalayan societies and religion, and provides for a most thoroughly enjoyable read for a much larger audience."--Religion

"With a powerful and well-wrought conclusion that brings the book to a close, this excellent monograph can be read in its entirety or as a series of discrete lectures on the civil, religious, and psychological frames that shape Tibetan culture." --The Journal of Asian Studies

Read More

Table of contents

Introduction
1: The people of Mustang and their history
2: Inside the Shöyul
3: Neighbours and enemies
4: Clans and households
5: Buddhism in Te
6: The wild gods of Te
7: Buddhists or pagans?
8: Agedness of error
9: Community law: the creation of a collectivity
10: The headmen of Te and the heaven-appointed king
11: Conclusion: the disenchantment of Te?
Bibliography

Read More