Chapter

Dharamsala

Keila Diehl

in Echoes from Dharamsala

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2002 | ISBN: 9780520230439
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936003 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520230439.003.0002
Dharamsala

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This chapter complicates the notion of “home” considered from the perspective of exile, emphasizing the deep connections for Tibetans between the Dalai Lama's presence in Dharamsala and being “in place”, connections that extend more literal or geographically based understandings of displacement. The discussion of Dharamsala is grounded in the concept of pilgrimage because of this Himalayan town's dual character as a holy destination for many Tibetan refugees and as a place they all hope to eventually leave. This chapter suggests that the resulting tension between simultaneously feeling at home and out of place informs the emotional power songs have as icons of places for Tibetan refugee listeners.

Keywords: Dharamsala; home; Tibetan refugees; Dalai Lama; pilgrimage; holy destination; power songs

Chapter.  10118 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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