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Characters, Plots, and Motivations in Tibetan History

John Powers

in History As Propaganda

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780195174267
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835447 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195174267.003.0002
 Characters, Plots, and Motivations in Tibetan History

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Chapter 2 begins with Tibetan origin myths and looks at the debates over the marriage of Songtsen Gambo and Wencheng: was she a cultural ambassador for China? Was she a war bride? Was he a barbarian who sought to eradicate his own culture and sinicize Tibet, or was he a military commander seeking to expand his empire? Or was he an incarnation of the buddha Avalokitesvara?

Keywords: Songtsen Gambo; Wencheng; Trisong Detsen; Hvashang Mahayana; Avalokitesvara; Kamalasila; Chinese imperial historiography; Tibetan Buddhist historiography

Chapter.  17111 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Buddhism

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