Title Tibetan Mahayogatantra: An Ethno-Historical Study of Skulls, Bones and Relics
Book Condition New
Jacket Condition New
Publisher New Delhi, India B.R. Publishing Corporation 2008
8176466425 / 9788176466424
Seller ID 110348
Bone carving, one of the most ancient crafts of Tibet, is here treated in the context of Mahayoga Tantra. Since the first missionary reports from Tibet in the letters to Rome (17 - 18 century) the use of skulls and bones in Tibet was described as sorcery involving all sorts of magic operations, and referred in the context to head hunting practices and ancestry cults. For the first time a full and thorough ethno-historical investigation is presented, combining the study of early Indian written documents (5 - 12 cent) and Tibetan texts (11 - 20 cent) on the subject with field study and participating observation (1983-1994). The author, herself a practicing Tantrik Buddhist, relates the use of skulls and bones to rituals of the Mahayoga Tantra within Vajrayana Buddhism. On the example of five traditional ritual instruments made of human bones: Thigh bone trumpet, Damaru, Skull cup, prayer beads and bone ornaments, she explains the philosophical ground, application and aim of the technology, functions and symbolism of Tibetan `bone lore`, including relics, sacred mummies and the practice of mummification in Tibet. Spiced with autobiographical accounts this book gives a rare ethno-historical insight into the magical mysteries of Tibet. Whoever wants to know about trance-runners, skull oracles or how to fabricate a cloak of invisibility may find here the answers. Printed Pages: 253.
Tibetan Mahayogatantra: An Ethno-Historical Study of Skulls, Bones and Relics Andrea Loseries-Leick