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Yet Tibet and its culture remain shrouded in mystery. This groundbreaking study focuses on a village called Te in a 'Tibetanized' region of northern Nepal. While Te's people are nominally Buddhist, and engage the services of resident Tibetan Tantric priests for a range of rituals, they are also exponents of a local religion that involves blood-sacrifices to wild, unconverted territorial gods and goddesses. The village is unusual in the extent to which it has maintained its local autonomy and also in the degree to which both Buddhism and the cults of local gods have been subordinated to the pragmatic demands of the village community.
The Navel of the Demoness: Tibetan Buddhism and Civil Religion in Highland Nepal
Charles Ramble draws on extensive fieldwork, as well as years' worth of local historical archives in Tibetan and Nepali , to re-examine the whole subject of confrontation between Buddhism and indigenous popular traditions in the Tibetan cultural sphere. He argues that Buddhist ritual and sacrificial cults are just two elements in a complex system of self-government that has evolved over the centuries and has developed the character of a civil religion.
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From to he was the Lecturer in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies at the University of Oxford, where he continues to hold a position as University Research Lecturer. His research interests include Tibetan social history, Bon, biographical writing, and Tibetan ritual literature and performance. First, he will examine little-studied texts related to the cult of war gods in the Bon religion. These include prescriptions for the construction of shrines, known as bya rdang , for the propitiation of these gods, and also the cults surrounding the divinities themselves, viz.