“What Children Need”

Frances Garrett

in Little Buddhas

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199860265
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979929 | DOI:

Series: AAR Religion, Culture, and History

“What Children Need”

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This chapter explores the care of children in Tibetan culture as seen in several works on the medical and ritual treatment and defence of children. These texts describe a remarkably broad range of technologies for healing and protecting children, recommending the feeding of pills, soups, butters, beers, or texts to children, parents, or deities; physically manipulative techniques, such as surgery, washing, anointing, fumigating, or massaging; the wearing of all manner of amulets, talismans, strings, papers, ointments, or letters; and the theatrical staging of elaborate hospitality or ransom dramas. Through an examination of the making and use of these therapeutic and protective objects, the chapter proposes that studying the material culture of childhood may be a fruitful method for understanding the child as a category in Tibet.

Keywords: Bhuddist ritual; magic; Tibet; mantra; technology; medicine; demons; religion; amulets; healing; Tantra

Chapter.  11496 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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