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Title:

Remarks on the Practice of Installing Lhathos of Territorial Guardians inside Buddhist Temples in the Western Himalayas

Subtitle:

Ethnologia Polona 37 2016 (2017)

Creator:

Kozicz, Gerald

Publisher:

Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology Polish Academy of Sciences

Place of publishing:

Warsaw

Date issued/created:

2017

Description:

ill. ; 24 cm

Subject and Keywords:

Lhatho ; Buddhism ; Ladakh ; Tibet ; sacral architecture ; Shang-Shung tradition ; Rinchen Zangpo ; Dorje Chenmo ; deities

Abstract:

A crucial factor for the successful establishment of Buddhism among Tibetan and Himalayan societies from the 10th century onwards was the integration of pre-Buddhist local myths into the art and architecture of the new doctrine. Depictions of territorial spiritual forces were incorporated into the Buddhist theological and iconographic systems, while lhathos, archaic chairns that were considered as seats of local guardians, became part of the specific architecture in the whole Himalayan landscape. The following article presents a few case-studies to describe the beginning of this phenomenon and discuss further developments. The specific interest is on the physical transfer of lhathos into orthodox Buddhist temples and their installation in eminent positions inside assembly halls or even inside main niches of a sanctum

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Relation:

Ethnologia Polona

Volume:

37

Start page:

9

End page:

30

Resource Type:

Article

Format:

application/pdf

Resource Identifier:

0137-4079

Source:

IAiE PAN, call no. P 366 ; IAiE PAN, call no. P 367 ; IAiE PAN, call no. P 368 ; click here to follow the link

Language:

eng

Rights:

Rights Reserved - Free Access

Digitizing institution:

Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences

Original in:

Library of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences