Schaeffer Kurtis R.

in Himalayan Hermitess

Published in print July 2004 | ISBN: 9780195152999
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849932 | DOI:

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This book offers a study and complete translation of Ani Chokyi's tale, the Life of Orgyan Chokyi. It presents a sketch of the historical world in which she lived and the literary world in which she wrote, and it explores what may have led to the recounting of her tale in 1961, three centuries after her birth. In doing this it focuses particular attention on history, hagiography, and gender in a small border region of the Tibetan cultural world. Orgyan Chokyi, the Ani Chokyi of Jest's account, was a nun and hermitess who lived, worked, and wrote in Dolpo, Nepal during the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Born in 1675 to a father with leprosy and a mother who did not want her, she died prematurely at the age of fifty five when a wooden beam fell on her head during a ritual in 1729.

Keywords: Orgyan Chokyi; history; hagiography; gender; nun; hermitess; Dolpo; Nepal

Chapter.  5136 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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