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A Thousand Words: The Role of Authority in Tibetan Auto-Cremation Rituals

Litchford, Marah
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Litchford, Marah
Advisor
Germano, David
Ochs, Vanessa
Abstract
Since 2009, more than 130 Tibetans have self-immolated in an act of ritualized religious warfare. The role of secular and religious authority shapes both the steps of the ritual itself, as well as the significance of enacting it. Historically, this has always been the case. With the current behaviors of outside authority unchanged, there is no reason to expect the cycles of auto-crematory rituals to come to a halt.
Language
English
Published
University of Virginia, Department of Religious Studies, MA (Master of Arts), 2014
Published Date
2014-05-01
Degree
MA (Master of Arts)
Collection
Libra ETD Repository
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