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High Religion: A Cultural and Political History of Sherpa Buddhism

Sherry B. Ortner (Author)
Synopsis An eminent anthropologist examines the founding 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 fist 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.
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Title High Religion: A Cultural and Political History of Sherpa Buddhism
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1992
Edition Reprint
Language: English
isbn 8120809491
length xxiv+245p., Illustrations; Maps; Appendix; Glossary; Notes; Index; 22cm.