In recent years, the Sino-Tibetan frontier regions have attracted increasing scholarly interest. The region of Rebkong in Qinghai province is of particular significance because of its unique location on the Sino-Tibetan borderland, its multi-ethnic population and its complex religious history, which incorporates both large Geluk monasteries and significant Nyingma and Bonpo lay tantric communities. Covering the nineteenth century to the present, this volume brings together ten papers that explore the relationship between religion and culture in Rebkong. Using insights from anthropology, history and religious studies, the contributors offer new research and fresh interpretations of this important region on China’s periphery, discussing issues of ethnicity and identity, the role of public institutions, and the role of religion and rituals.
Yangdon Dhondup, Ph.D. (2004) in East Asian Literature, University of London, is currently a Research Associate at the School of Oriental & African Studies. Her research interests include Tibetan biographical literature, history of the Nyingma school in east Tibet and Sino-Tibetan borderland culture and history.
Ulrich Pagel, PhD. (1993) in Buddhist Studies (University of London) is Reader in the Languages and Religions of Tibet and Central Asia at the School of Oriental and African Studies. He has published on Mahāyāna Buddhism (1994, 2006, 2007) and more recently in the field of vinaya studies (2012).
Geoffrey Samuel is a Professor at Cardiff University, Wales, UK. His academic career has been in social anthropology and religious studies, and his books include
Mind, Body and Culture (1990),
Civilized Shamans (1993),
Tantric Revisionings (2005) and
The Origins of Yoga and Tantra (2008).
All those interested in Sino-Tibetan frontier region, more specifically Tibetan religion and culture.