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Contested past, challenging future: an ethnography of pre-Buddhist Bon religious practices in central Bhutan

Tashi, Kelzang


The pre-Buddhist Bon beliefs, which concern the worship of local gods and deities, and until recently, live animal sacrifices, have been viewed as heretical by Buddhists since the 8th century. Consequently, Bon believers in Tibet adapted to Buddhist influences and reconfigured themselves as a Clerical Bon primarily in reaction to the proliferation of Tibetan Buddhist schools in the 11th century. Nonetheless, Shamanistic Bon beliefs and practices, while still deemed antithetical to core Buddhist...[Show more]

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Date published: 2020
Type: Thesis (PhD)
DOI: 10.25911/5f3a5cec3373d


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