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The Bon religion of Tibet : the iconography of a living tradition

Author: Per Kværne
Publisher: Boston ; London : Shambhala, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Shambhala edView all editions and formats
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The Bon religion claims to be the original and authentic religion of the Tibetan people, and to have been firmly established in the Land of Snows long before Buddhism was introduced in the seventh century AD. Although its adherents were gradually reduced to a minority, Bon has nevertheless continued to flourish in many areas up to the present day in Tibet, especially in the eastern and north-eastern regions where a  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Kværne, Per, 1945-
Bön religion of Tibet.
Boston ; London : Shambhala, 1995
(OCoLC)646884783
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Per Kværne
ISBN: 1570621861 9781570621864
OCLC Number: 32699438
Description: 155 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm
Contents: 1. Peaceful Deities --
2. Tutelary Deities --
3. Protectors and Local Deities --
4. Siddhas, Lamas and Dakinis --
5. Narrative Thangkas --
6. The Wheel of Existence.
Responsibility: Per Kværne.
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The Bon religion claims to be the original and authentic religion of the Tibetan people, and to have been firmly established in the Land of Snows long before Buddhism was introduced in the seventh century AD. Although its adherents were gradually reduced to a minority, Bon has nevertheless continued to flourish in many areas up to the present day in Tibet, especially in the eastern and north-eastern regions where a reconstruction and renaissance is taking place, as well as within the Bon community in exile in India. The iconography of the Bon religion is presented through a series of thangkas, miniatures and bronzes from public and private collections in the West, as well as from communities within Tibet and in exile. With a few exceptions they are hitherto unpublished and date from the late fourteenth to mid-twentieth centuries. The peaceful, tutelary, protector and local deities as well as the Bon siddhas, lamas and dakinis are identified and fully described by means of excerpts from ritual or biographical texts which are translated here for the first time.

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