Bhutan: Traditions and Changes

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This illustrated volume presents a wide variety of themes from the historical and modern periods of Bhutan, illustrating change and adaptation to new realities. Topics covered include the exploration of early history, Buddhism and the lives of Bhutanese Buddhist saints, the changing role of local, non-Buddhist religious practitioners in today s society, traditional law and the emergence of a modern legal system, and the seasonal celebrations of an aristocratic family from central Bhutan. The book will be of special interest to students of early Tibetan history, legal history, comparative sociology and cultural anthropology of the Himalayan regions.
 

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Contents

JOHN A ARDUSSI AND FRANÇOISE POMMARETIntroduction
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JOHN A ARDUSSIA Preliminary Investigation of Bhutanese Castle Ruins and Caves Associated with Lha sras Gtsang ma
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the Significance of Food in the Noble and Religious Family of O rgyan chos gling Central Bhutan
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CHRISTOPH CÜPPERSBstan dzin Chos rgyals Bhutan Legal Code of 1729 in Comparison with Sde srid Sangs rgyas rgya mtshos Guidelines for Gov...
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Becoming a Pawo dpa bo
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GEORGE VAN DRIEMOb virulentas nonnularum herbarum exhalationes
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FRANZKARL EHRHARDKa? thog pa Bsod nams rgyal mtshan 14661540 and the Foundation of O rgyan rtse mo in Spa gro
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HOLLY GAYLEYPatterns in the Ritual Dissemination of Padma Gling pas Treasures
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UGYEN PELGENRituals and Pilgrimage Devoted to Aum Jo mo Re ma ti by the Brog pas of Me rag of Eastern Bhutan
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a Ritual from Central Bhutan The Bskang gso of O rgyan chos gling
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the Jabmi Act 2003
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John Ardussi, Ph.D. (1977) in Asian Civilizations, Australian National University (Canberra), is a private scholar specializing in Tibetan and Bhutanese history, and an affiliate member of the CNRS research team 'Centre de recherche sur les civilisations chinoise, japonaise et tibétaine.' In addition, he is a professional engineer in the aviation electronics industry. His present research focuses on 16th - 20th century Himalayan history, traditional technologies and economics. He has written numerous articles on the history of Bhutan and Tibet and is completing a translation of the 4th Druk Desi Tenzin Rabgye's biography.
Françoise Pommaret, Ph.D. (1987) is an ethno-historian, Director of research at the CNRS, Paris, and advisor for History and Anthropology at the Institute of Language and Culture at the Royal University of Bhutan.
She has been associated with Bhutan in different capacities since 1979 and has published numerous scholarly articles and books. She was the co-editor and co-author of Bhutan: Mountain Fortress of the Gods, (London, 1997) and the editor of Lhasa in the Seventeenth Century, (Brill, Leiden 2003).