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Tibet's Ancient Religion

Baumer, Christopher

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Bon : Tibet's Ancient Religion

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Bon : Tibet's Ancient Religion


In Tibet the religion of Bon was widespread in ancient times, marked by shamanistic practices and a pronounced cult of the dead. Superseded in the eighth century by Buddhism, a reformed Bon school has nevertheless been able to assert itself down to the present. Its traditions 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. Through a thoroughly informed text and more than 200 photographs, this book takes the reader to secluded monasteries and sacred sites of the Bon religious community, most undocumented until now. The preface, written by the spiritual head of all Bonpo, 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.