Overview for Tantra and Popular Religion in Tibet
The papers in this collection, with one exception, originated in a session on Tibet and Himalayan Societies held at the Australian Anthropological Society conference at the University of Newcastle, Australia, in August 1988. The conveners of the session wanted as wide a representation as possible of Tibetan and Himalayan specialists from Australia and New Zealand. They suggested that participants might choose to address a common theme, "Tantra and Everyday Religion". The term "everyday" or "popular" religion was meant to include both the formal religious traditions of Tibetan Buddhism and Bon as part of everyday Tibetan life and the so called "folk religion" (Tucci 1980:163-212). The theme intended to suggest that Tantra formed an integral part of this whole area of 'everyday religion'. These essays provide a significant series of attempts to explore a side of Tibetan religious experience which is of central importance but which has remained on the sidelines of most work on Tibet. By its very nature, the topic crosses boundaries between conventional disciplines and established approaches. Here it is dealt with from a variety of perspectives, from the literary and textual to the ethnographic and anthropological. The first collection of Tibetan and Himalayan studies from Australian and New Zealand also serves to demonstrate that Australasia is now a significant part of the world Tibetanist community.Santiniketan as Professor of Painting at Kala Bhavan in 1980. On his retirement in 1989, he was made Professor Emeritus. He continues to live and work in Santiniketan.
Geoffrey Samuel (Editor)
Geoffrey Samuel is Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Newcastle, NSW. His publications include Mind, Body and Culture and Civilized Shamans. He is also translator of Giuseppe Tucci's Religions of Tibet.
Hamish Gregor (Editor)
Hamish Gregor's training is in the field of Hispanic Philology; but he describes himself now as a feral scholar in the field of Buddhist studies.
Elisabeth Stutchbury (Editor)
Elisabeth Stutchbury completed her PhD is Social Anthropology at ANU in 1991 with a thesis on the 'Brug pa bKa' brgyud practitioners of Kardang Gompa, Lahul. She is currently a Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Melbourne, and will be taking up an ARC post-doctoral fellowship at ANU in mid-1994.