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Tibet's Ancient Religion : Bon - Christopher Baumer

Tibet's Ancient Religion

Bon

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Until well into the eighth century, B?n was the dominant religion and culture on the roof of the world; it is in essence the belief system of ancient Tibet. From the second half of the eighth century onward, B?n was superseded by Buddhism, which had traveled north from India, and the two religions came to influence each other in both doctrine and ritual. In spite of the eventual dominance of Buddhism through its position as the state religion, however, a reformed B?n school has been able to assert itself down to the present. Its tradition continues to remain alive in a few monasteries as well as in visible signs of Tibetan popular religion, including prayer flags and spirit traps, temple and mountain circumambulations, death and marriage rites, oracle techniques, and countless religious rituals. In fact, it may be reasonably asserted that Tibetan culture cannot be completely understood without a knowledge of B?n practices. This book takes the reader to secluded monasteries and sacred sites of the B?n religious community. With its thoroughly informed text and more than 200 photographs of B?n monasteries, lamas, and sacred sites, most undocumented until now, this volume introduces the myths and culture of ancient Tibet. The preface, written by the spiritual head of all B?npo, confers additional authority on the work, while its notes, maps, index, and an extensive bibliography make it essential reading for anyone with an interest in Tibet or Eastern religions. 214 colour + 7 b/w plates

ISBN: 9789745240117
ISBN-10: 9745240117
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 7th October 2013
Country of Publication: TH
Dimensions (cm): 32.0 x 24.0  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 1.61