Commoners and Nobles: Hereditary Divisions in Tibet
This study explores how Tibetans manoeuvre within two contradictory value systems - those of old Tibet and the new People's Republic of China - balancing between ideals and pragmatism. More specifically, it asks how it is that the social categories of pre-communist Lhasa persist and are relevant in daily life despite decades of Chinese rule and the comprehensive restructuring of Tibetan society.
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Overview of Lhasa the city in Lhasa valley
Expressions of Rank in Daily Life
Two silver cups
Keepers of Cultural Knowledge
Offerings of butter lamps and food
The Value of Inherited Knowledge
Prayer flags on the mountain
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13th Dalai Lama argue Barkhor Buddhist Carrasco Chapter China Chinese authorities claim commoners and nobles contemporary Lhasa context crucial cultural knowledge Cultural Revolution Dalai Lama Dawa Tsering defined direcdy discussed Drolma elite endogamy estates expressed family background family history father focus former Tibetan gerpa Gombo History of Tibet honorific language hukou humble important informants inter-kyesa Kawaguchi kudrak families kyesa land Lhalu Lhasa today Lobsang Dargye losar marriage marriage practices marry menrig menrig families monasteries moral Ngawang nobility noble background noble families non-nobles Norbu Panchen Lama parents period person position pre-Communist rank relevant religion religious role seen serf Shakya social categories social relations Songtsen Gampo Tashi Thupten Tibet Autonomous Region Tibetan Buddhist Tibetan culture Tibetan history Tibetan language Tibetan social system Tibetan society Tibetans in Lhasa trelpa Tsewang Tsomo unit Wangchuk Wangdu yabshi Yangzom yarab chozang young Tibetans Yuthok zhesa