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The Religious World of the Hermitess

Schaeffer Kurtis R.

in Himalayan Hermitess

Published in print July 2004 | ISBN: 9780195152999
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849932 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152999.003.0002
The Religious World of the Hermitess

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The Tibetan culture of Dolpo has been an object of fascination for contemporary European and American scholars for almost five decades. Nevertheless, considerably fewer contemporary scholarly works now are dedicated to Dolpo, to the neighboring region of Mustang, or to the more eastern Sherpa regions at the base of Mount Everest, where anthropological work has been routinely conducted for the past half century. In the modern academic study of Buddhism, the significance of Dolpo was promoted almost entirely through the efforts of a single scholar, David Snellgrove. This summary accords well with the vision of Buddhist life in Dolpo elaborated in the Life of Orgyan Chokyi, and this chapter attempts to enrich Geoffrey Samuel's model with data from the 17th and 18th centuries.

Keywords: Dolpo; Mustang; Sherpa; Mount Everest; Buddhism; David Snellgrove; Geoffrey Samuel; Orgyan Chokyi; hermits; religious women

Chapter.  15318 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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