By Snying bo rgyal and R Solomon Rino སྙིང་བོ་རྒྱལ་དང་སཱོ་ལི་མིན་རེས་ནཱོ། ༢༠༡༠།

དེབ་འདིས་ཀྲུང་གོའི་མཚོ་སྔོན་ས་ཁུལ་གྱི་ལྷ་པའི་འཚོ་བ་དང་། དེའི་སྤྱི་ཚོགས། ཆོས་ལུགས་་་་་་་
བཅས་ཀྱི་འགྱུར་ལྡོག་ལ་ཞིབ་འཇུག་གཏིང་ཟབ་མོ་ཞིག་བྱས་ཡོད་ལ། རྩོམ་པ་པོས་ཞིབ་བརྗོད་་་་
བབ་གསལ་བསྒྲགས་ཀྱང་བྱས་ཡོད། དེབ་འདིས་ཨེ་ཤེ་ཡའི་ཆོ་ག་དང་སྤྱི་ཚོགས་ལ་ཤེས་རྟོགས་་་་
-- -- མར་ཁཱི ཐྲུའུ་རིན། (གྲངས་འཛིན་ཧི་མ་ལ་ཡ་ལས་གཞི ཁམ་སྦི་རེས་ལྗི་སློབ་གྲྭ་ཆེན་མོ།)

This is a accomplished and intensely knowledgeable learn of the altering social context and non secular lives of lha pa, 'deity males' or god men,' in Qinghai Province, China. Snying bo rgyal and Rino's account of those Tibetan trance mediums who develop into possessed by means of mountain deities succeeds in either honoring the previous via a close description in their perform whereas acknowledging the expanding demanding situations to those traditions. This publication is a crucial contribution to the documentation and knowing of Asian ritual and society.
Dr. Mark Turin, Director, electronic Himalaya venture, college of Cambridge, UK

A rigorously researched and wonderfully illustrated examine of a really precise Tibetan village and its traditions within the multicultural Reb gong zone of A mdo. the focal point is at the rituals and spiritual ideals hooked up with the trance mediums known as lha pa, sometimes called Tibetan 'shamans.' according to box observations, interviews, and comparative proof, this can be descriptive and analytic anthropology at its top. the amount comprises actual texts and a glossary.
--Dr. Juha Janhunen, college of Helsinki

This is an interesting ethnographic research of spirit mediums in A mdo revealing how their actions are being remodeled in a speedily altering world.

--Dr. Hildegard Diemberger, Director, Tibetan reports, Mongolia and internal Asia reports Unit, college of Cambridge

The lha pa of the villages of the Reb gong zone have drawn awareness from either Tibetan authors and international students in contemporary a long time, yet have been usually visible in basic terms as a marginal a part of glu roll/klu rol gala's. previously the data on them used to be very constrained and stemmed typically from the remark of the competition, which was once then defined and interpreted from the perspective of an outer observer. This beneficial ebook offers house to the voices of area people and lha pa deliberately. Containing a large number of ethnographical info, stories and narrations of local community, it attracts the reader to their worldview and lifestyle in an unheard of means. It brings right down to earth a few of the scholarly speculations at the fairs and encompasses a good deal of recent details on Tibetan lha pa quite often. It can't be passed over by means of any researcher at the given region. Congratulations to the authors.
--Dr. Daniel Berounsky, Charles collage, Prague

The authors, one an A mdo Tibetan, current a wealthy physique of narratives, descriptions and ancient information about the klu rol, essentially the most exciting and extreme sequence of rituals enacted in japanese Tibet. large testimony is gifted from these concerned, together with a number of of these who're possessed by way of neighborhood deities through the klu rol, in addition to translations of the ritual texts. it is a wealthy and invaluable source for all students operating within the region.
--Dr. Fernanda Pirie, Oxford University

In this completely documented research of lha pa in 3 villages of Reb gong County, Snying bo rgyal and R. Solomon Rino acquire and current a very distinctive and wealthy set of tales, observations, and pictures concerning the atmosphere, rituals, views of and concerning the trance mediums, and the way those are all speedily altering. The authors decide to reduce their very own remark for you to enable the lha pa converse: for themselves to the fullest quantity attainable. The painstaking info, together with footnotes, Tibetan thesaurus, village map, and translation of proper scriptures, could be of significant curiosity to experts and others drawn to Tibetan tradition. one of the attention-grabbing subject matters coated are the lha pa's stories in their personal ownership and depossession by means of mountain deities, their self-perception, controversies over authenticity, and the ways that those practices intersect in unforeseen methods with new guidelines equivalent to the 'New Socialist Countryside.'
--Dr. Emily T. Yeh, division of Geography, college of Colorado

Rich in illustrations and ethnographic aspect, this priceless paintings describes the little-known global of Tibetan trance mediums and their rites from an insider's perspective.
--Dr. Mark Bender, affiliate Professor, The Ohio kingdom University

Snying bo rgyal and Rino write meticulously approximately lha pa in a manner that offers a wealthy resource of knowledge for destiny scholars.
--Dpal ldan bkra shis, Humboldt collage, Berlin

This is a really lucid and intricately rendered description of Tibetan 'deity mediums,' a tremendous cultural and political phenomenon within the A mdo Tibetan sector of Reb gong. The authors' cautious translations of interviews with younger and older mediums in a single village offers readers with a unprecedented glimpse on the transferring dynamics of the once-central establishment of deity ownership between farming Tibetans in reform-era China.
--Dr. Charlene Makley, Reed College

Deity males is a unprecedented insider's look at the realm of Tibet's trance mediums and the deities they embody.
--John Vincent Bellezza

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