The Cult of Pure Crystal Mountain: Popular Pilgrimage and Visionary Landscape in Southeast Tibet by Toni Huber

The Cult of Pure Crystal Mountain: Popular Pilgrimage and Visionary Landscape in Southeast Tibet

byToni Huber

Hardcover | June 1, 1998

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The Tibetan district of Tsari with its sacred snow-covered peak of Pure Crystal Mountain has long been a place of symbolic and ritual significance for Tibetan peoples. In this book, Toni Huber provides the first thorough study of a major Tibetan Buddhist pilgrimage center and cult mountain,and explores the esoteric and popular traditions of ritual there. The main focus is on the period of the 1940s and '50s, just prior to the 1959 Lhasa uprising and subsequent Tibetan diaspora into South Asia. Huber's work thus documents Tibetan life patterns and cultural traditions which have largelydisappeared with the advent of Chinese colonial modernity in Tibet. In addition to the work's documentary content, Huber offers discussion and analysis of the construction and meaning of Tibetan cultural categories of space, place, and person, and the practice of ritual and organization oftraditional society in relation to them.

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Toni Huber is at Zentralasiatisches Institut, Tibetologie, Humboldt University of Berlin.

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Title:The Cult of Pure Crystal Mountain: Popular Pilgrimage and Visionary Landscape in Southeast TibetFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.18 × 0.98 inPublished:June 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195120078

ISBN - 13:9780195120073

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"Specialists and nonspecialists alike will benefit from several readings of this work. Its rich accounts of tantric cosmology, ritual regimes, and local lifeways are accessibly written...A groundbreaking and important study that should be required reading for all students of Tibet, Asianstudies , pilgrimage, and religion and ritual in general." Journal of the American Academy of Religion