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Forging the golden urn : the Qing Empire and the politics of reincarnation in Tibet

Author: Max Oidtmann
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2018]
Series: Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University.
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"In 1995, the People's Republic of China resurrected a Qing-era law mandating that the reincarnations of prominent Tibetan Buddhist monks be identified by drawing lots from a golden urn. The Chinese Communist Party hoped to limit the ability of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in exile to independently identify reincarnations. In so doing, they elevated a long-forgotten ceremony into a controversial symbol  Read more...
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Oidtmann, Max, author.
Forging the golden urn
New York : Columbia University Press, [2018]
(DLC) 2018032269
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Max Oidtmann
ISBN: 9780231184069 0231184069
OCLC Number: 1043957346
Awards: Winner of E. Gene Smith Inner Asia Book Prize, Association for Asian Studies 2020
Description: xvii, 330 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
The royal regulations --
Shamanic colonialism --
Amdowas speaking in code --
Conclusion : paradoxes of the urn and the limits of empire --
Chronology of key events --
List of usages of the golden urn ritual --
Tibetan orthographic equivalents --
Translation of the Qianlong Emperor's Discourse on Lamas.
Series Title: Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University.
Responsibility: Max Oidtmann.

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A Qing law mandated that the reincarnations of prominent Tibetan Buddhist monks be identified by drawing lots from a golden urn. In Forging the Golden Urn, Max Oidtmann traces how a Chinese  Read more...

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Oidtmann's book opens up new perspectives on the intricate relationship that existed toward the end of the eighteenth century between Lhasa and the Qing court. The presence of reincarnate lamas is a Read more...

 
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