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Tibetan Divine Kingship


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Until Buddhism (see Tibetan Buddhism) became dominant in Tibet in 842 ce, the people were ruled by a dynasty of sacred kings who traced their ancestry to gNya'khribtsan-po, who came down from the land of the gods as rain that impregnates the earth. All nature celebrated his arrival. After his return to Heaven, this first king was invoked by each of his successors to ratify their divine inheritance (see Tibetan Mythology). In a sense, the rise of Lamaism in Tibet is a continuation in a Buddhist context of this earlier practice.

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