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Author Huber, Toni, 1956-

Title The cult of Pure Crystal Mountain : popular pilgrimage and visionary landscape in southeast Tibet / Toni Huber.

Published New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  294.392309515 HUBE    AVAILABLE
Physical description xv, 297 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Notes Based on the author's thesis (doctoral)--University of Canterbury.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-282) and index.
Contents I. Pilgrimage. 1. Introduction. 2. Tibetan Pilgrimage: Concepts and Practice. 3. The Cult of Pilgrimage Mountains in Tibet -- II. Representations. 4. Cosmodrama and Architectonics of Landscape. 5. History and Prayer as Map -- III. Ritual Institutions. 6. A Tantric Environment. 7. Popular Short Pilgrimages. 8. Barbarian Tributes and Great Processions. 9. Statecraft and Status in Contested Territory -- IV. Local Lives. 10. Complex Identities and Local Rituals. 11. Culture, Nature, and Economy around a Holy Mountain -- Tibetan Word List.
Summary The Tibetan district of Tsari with its sacred snow-covered peak of Pure Crystal Mountain has long been a place of symbolic and ritual significance for Tibetan peoples. In this book, Toni Huber provides the first thorough study of a major Tibetan Buddhist pilgrimage center and cult mountain, and explores the esoteric and popular traditions of ritual there. The main focus is on the period of the 1940s and '50s, just prior to the 1959 Lhasa uprising and subsequent Tibetan diaspora into South Asia. Huber's work thus documents Tibetan life patterns and cultural traditions which have largely disappeared with the advent of Chinese colonial modernity in Tibet. In addition to the work's documentary content, Huber offers discussion and analysis of the construction and meaning of Tibetan cultural categories of space, place, and person, and the practice of ritual and organization of traditional society in relation to them.
Language notes Text in English and a word list in Tibetan.
Subject Mountain worship -- China -- Tibet Autonomous Region.
Buddhism -- China -- Tibet Autonomous Region -- Customs and practices.
Tibet Autonomous Region (China) -- Religious life and customs.
ISBN 0195120078 (hc : acid-free paper)