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Secular morality, village law, and Buddhism in Tibetan societies

Abstract:

Contrary to assumptions frequently made about Buddhist societies and to models promoted by Tibetan elites, not all Tibetans understand their religion in an ethical way. This article demonstrates that, for a community of villagers in Ladakh, Buddhism is not a source of moral guidance nor is it regarded by them as providing authority for the exercise of political or judicial power. Comparing the findings of ethnographers elsewhere in the Tibetan region, it is apparent that many Tibetans regard ...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, SSD, Law, Socio- Legal Studies Centre
Role:
Author
Journal:
JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL ANTHROPOLOGICAL INSTITUTE
Volume:
12
Issue:
1
Pages:
173-190
Publication date:
2006-03-05
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EISSN:
1467-9655
ISSN:
1359-0987
URN:
uuid:de6e80fb-95ef-4914-be0f-f1c24430dce5
Source identifiers:
283907
Local pid:
pubs:283907
Language:
English

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