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High Religion A Cultural and Political History of Sherpa Buddhism

ISBN-10: 0691028435
ISBN-13: 9780691028439
Edition: 1989
Authors: Sherry B. Ortner
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Description: An eminent anthropologist examines the foundings of the first celibate Buddhist monasteries among the Sherpas of Nepal in the early twentieth century--a religious development that was a major departure from "folk" or "popular" Buddhism. Sherry  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 1989
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 9/21/1989
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 269
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

An eminent anthropologist examines the foundings of the first celibate Buddhist monasteries among the Sherpas of Nepal in the early twentieth century--a religious development that was a major departure from "folk" or "popular" Buddhism. Sherry Ortner is the first to integrate social scientific and historical modes of analysis in a study of the Sherpa monasteries and one of the very few to attempt such an account for Buddhist monasteries anywhere. Combining ethnographic and oral-historical methods, she scrutinizes the interplay of political and cultural factors in the events culminating in the foundings. Her work constitutes a major advance both in our knowledge of Sherpa Buddhism and in the integration of anthropological and historical modes of analysis. At the theoretical level, the book contributes to an emerging theory of "practice," an explanation of the relationship between human intentions and actions on the one hand, and the structures of society and culture that emerge from and feed back upon those intentions and actions on the other. It will appeal not only to the increasing number of anthropologists working on similar problems but also to historians anxious to discover what anthropology has to offer to historical analysis. In addition, it will be essential reading for those interested in Nepal, Tibet, the Sherpa, or Buddhism in general.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Note to the Reader
Beginning
Sahibs
Sherpas
Monks
Death
Men
Counterculture
Women
Reconfigurations
Epilogue
Tales
Monasteries
Notes
References Cited
Index

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