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Sherpas through their Rituals By Sherry B. Ortner (Columbia University, New York)

Sherpas through their Rituals
by Sherry B. Ortner (Columbia University, New York)

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Professor Ortner examines the Sherpas of the Himalayas by analyzing the relationship between the Sherpas' Buddhism and other aspects of their society as well as through the study of ritual and religious symbolism in their community.
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Sherpas through their Rituals by Sherry B. Ortner (Columbia University, New York)

The Sherpas of the Himalayas practice Tibetan Buddhism, a variety of Mahayana Buddhism. This is a general interpretation of Sherpa culture through examining the relationship between the Sherpas' Buddhism and other aspects of their society, and a theoretical contribution to the study of ritual and religious symbolism. In analysing the symbols of Sherpa rituals, professor Ortner leads us toward the discovery of conflict, contradiction, and stress in the wider social and cultural world. Following a general ethnographic sketch, each chapter opens with a brief description of a ritual. The ritual is then dissected, and its symbolic elements are used as guides in the exploration of problematic structures, relationships, and ideas of the culture. The author uses these rituals to illuminate the interconnections between religious ideology, social structure and experience. Professor Ortner analysis of the rituals reveals both the Buddhist pull toward exaggerating the isolation of individuals, and the secular pull that attempts to overcome isolation and to reproduce the conditions for social community.

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Table of Contents


Preface; 1. Introduction: some notes on ritual; 2. The surface contours of the Sherpa world; 3. Nyungne: problems of marriage, family and asceticism; 4. Hospitality: problems of exchange, status and authority; 5. Exorcisms: problems of wealth, pollution and reincarnation; 6. Offering rituals: problems of religion, anger and social cooperation; 7. Conclusions: Buddhism and society; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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GOR005324798
Sherpas through their Rituals by Sherry B. Ortner (Columbia University, New York)
Sherry B. Ortner (Columbia University, New York)
Cambridge Studies in Cultural Systems
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
1978-04-14
208
0521292166
9780521292160
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