Religious Revival in the Tibetan Borderlands: The Premi of by Koen Wellens

By Koen Wellens

Revival of spiritual practices of every kind in China, after many years of systematic govt suppression, is a subject of substantial curiosity to students in disciplines starting from spiritual stories to anthropology to political technology. This e-book examines modern non secular practices one of the Premi humans of the Sichuan-Yunnan-Tibet zone, a gaggle of approximately 60,000 who converse a language belonging to the Qiang department of Tibeto-Burman. Koen Wellens's ethnographic learn in Premi groups on contrary aspects of the border, and his research of accessible historic records, locate a number of advocates and rationales for the revival of either formal Tibetan Buddhism and the indigenous Premi practices established on ritual experts known as anji.

Wellens argues that the diversity within the form the revitalization method takes-as it impacts Premi at the Sichuan part of the border and their opposite numbers at the Yunnan side-can merely be understood in a neighborhood cultural context. This full-length research of the Premi, the 1st in a language except chinese language, makes a necessary contribution to our ethnographic wisdom of Southwest China, in addition to to our knowing of up to date chinese language non secular and cultural politics.

This full-length examine of the Premi, the 1st in a language except chinese language, makes a useful contribution to our ethnographic wisdom of Southwest China, in addition to to our knowing of up to date chinese language spiritual and cultural politics.

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The different bazong were stationed in border areas of the territory. They were responsible for monitoring and reporting the situation at and beyond Muli’s border and for engaging in and maintaining relations with the outside world, including neighboring tusi, the Nuosu headmen, and Chinese officials. The bazong would also assume responsibility for outside visitors and therefore were expected to master different languages, including Chinese and the languages of the Naxi and Nuosu. 17 The highest formal position under the head lama was that of gatekeeper (C: mengong; T: dzasa).

They explained to me that they had viewed my visit the previous year with much suspicion because I was accompanied by a government employee. Obviously, a local Premi who was also working for the township government was not viewed in the same way. He was not associated with the Chinese state, and my association with him cleared my record. Introduction This opened my eyes to the kind of colonial-style power relations the foreign anthropologist enters into with his informants. It also alerted me to the possible means of resistance the villagers used against the unsolicited prying of all-powerful outsiders.

In view of the extreme poverty of the village, I tried to find ways of contributing toward the expenses of the party, but the government assistant consistently tried to undermine all my attempts. Finally, he admitted that the whole thing had been organized and paid for personally by his relative, the township head. They both had wanted to keep this a secret, but my insistence on paying the villagers left them no choice. It took me the rest of the day to convince the township head to let me pay half of what he had spent, which was almost his entire monthly salary.

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