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Travels in the netherworld : Buddhist popular narratives of death and the afterlife in Tibet

Author: Bryan J Cuevas
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.
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In Travels in the Netherworld, Bryan J. Cuevas examines a fascinating but little-known genre of Tibetan narrative literature about the delok, ordinary men and women who claim to have died, traveled through hell, and then returned from the afterlife. These narratives enjoy audiences ranging from the most sophisticated monastic scholars to pious townsfolk, villagers, and nomads. Their accounts emphasize the universal  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Cuevas, Bryan J., 1967-
Travels in the netherworld.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008
(DLC) 2007034720
(OCoLC)167503376
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Bryan J Cuevas
ISBN: 9780199712373 0199712379 9781435642140 1435642147
OCLC Number: 227011339
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 199 pages)
Contents: To hell and back --
Travels of a Tibetan housewife --
A lama in distress --
The return of a noble young lady --
A ghost in monk's robes --
Storytellers.
Responsibility: Bryan J. Cuevas.

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In Travels in the Netherworld, Bryan J. Cuevas examines a fascinating but little-known genre of Tibetan narrative literature about the delok, ordinary men and women who claim to have died, traveled through hell, and then returned from the afterlife. These narratives enjoy audiences ranging from the most sophisticated monastic scholars to pious townsfolk, villagers, and nomads. Their accounts emphasize the universal Buddhist principles of impermanence and worldly suffering, the fluctuations of karma, and the feasibility of obtaining a favorable rebirth through virtue and merit. Providing a clea.

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