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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་་་་
བརྒྱུད་ནས་ལྷ་པའི་དམངས་སྲོལ་ལ་མཐོང་ཆེན་དང་དེ་ཉམས་རྒུད་དུ་འགྲོ་བཞིན་་་པའི་གནས་
བབ་གསལ་བསྒྲགས་ཀྱང་བྱས་ཡོད། དེབ་འདིས་ཨེ་ཤེ་ཡའི་ཆོ་ག་དང་སྤྱི་ཚོགས་ལ་ཤེས་རྟོགས་་་་
བྱ་བར་དཔྱད་གཞིའི་རྒྱུ་ཆའི་ཐད་ནས་མཛད་རྗེས་མི་དམན་པ་བཞག་ཡོད།
-- -- མར་ཁཱི ཐྲུའུ་རིན། (གྲངས་འཛིན་ཧི་མ་ལ་ཡ་ལས་གཞི ཁམ་སྦི་རེས་ལྗི་སློབ་གྲྭ་ཆེན་མོ།)

This is a finished and intensely educated research of the altering social context and spiritual 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 turn into possessed through mountain deities succeeds in either honoring the earlier via an in depth description in their perform whereas acknowledging the expanding demanding situations to those traditions. This publication is a crucial contribution to the documentation and realizing of Asian ritual and society.
Dr. Mark Turin, Director, electronic Himalaya venture, college of Cambridge, UK

A rigorously researched and wonderfully illustrated research of a really distinct Tibetan village and its traditions within the multicultural Reb gong quarter of A mdo. the focal point is at the rituals and spiritual ideals hooked up with the trance mediums referred to as lha pa, often referred to as Tibetan 'shamans.' in accordance with box observations, interviews, and comparative facts, this is often descriptive and analytic anthropology at its top. the quantity comprises genuine texts and a glossary.
--Dr. Juha Janhunen, college of Helsinki

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

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

The lha pa of the villages of the Reb gong zone have drawn cognizance from either Tibetan authors and international students in fresh many years, yet have been frequently noticeable in simple terms as a marginal a part of glu roll/klu rol fairs. formerly the knowledge on them used to be very restricted and stemmed in general from the commentary of the pageant, which used to be then defined and interpreted from the viewpoint of an outer observer. This important publication supplies house to the voices of area people and lha pa deliberately. Containing a large number of ethnographical info, tales and narrations of local community, it attracts the reader to their worldview and daily life in an unheard of approach. It brings all the way down to earth a number of the scholarly speculations at the fairs and includes a good deal of latest info on Tibetan lha pa in most cases. It can't be passed over via any researcher at the given sector. 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 old information about the klu rol, some of the most exciting and severe sequence of rituals enacted in japanese Tibet. wide testimony is gifted from these concerned, together with a number of of these who're possessed via neighborhood deities through the klu rol, in addition to translations of the ritual texts. this can be 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 specific and wealthy set of tales, observations, and images concerning the atmosphere, rituals, views of and concerning the trance mediums, and the way those are all swiftly altering. The authors decide to reduce their very own observation with a view to permit the lha pa converse: for themselves to the fullest quantity attainable. The painstaking information, together with footnotes, Tibetan thesaurus, village map, and translation of appropriate scriptures, should be of serious curiosity to experts and others attracted to Tibetan tradition. one of the interesting themes coated are the lha pa's studies in their personal ownership and depossession by way of mountain deities, their self-perception, controversies over authenticity, and the ways that those practices intersect in unforeseen methods with new rules resembling the 'New Socialist Countryside.'
--Dr. Emily T. Yeh, division of Geography, college of Colorado

Rich in illustrations and ethnographic aspect, this useful 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 country 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 an incredibly lucid and intricately rendered description of Tibetan 'deity mediums,' an immense cultural and political phenomenon within the A mdo Tibetan zone of Reb gong. The authors' cautious translations of interviews with younger and older mediums in a single village presents readers with an extraordinary glimpse on the moving dynamics of the once-central establishment of deity ownership between farming Tibetans in reform-era China.
--Dr. Charlene Makley, Reed College

Deity males is an extraordinary insider's inspect the realm of Tibet's trance mediums and the deities they embody.
--John Vincent Bellezza

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Nevertheless, by venturing to do something so ludicrous, I, who am not very clever, justify my existence. October 17, 1930. Cloudy, later clearing. Resting for health reasons. Inn the same as last night. Last night couldn’t get to sleep until twelve. Perhaps because I overexerted myself. Perhaps because of the potato shochu I drank. Perhaps because I’m coming down with a cold. Hips and legs feverish, tired, achy, painful. In my soup at breakfast I put some of the red pepper I got in my begging last night.

The rubber soles of my workman’s tabi sink down in the mud and make the going very hard. At the same time, this area is unusual for the large number of sake breweries, so sake is quite cheap. Just the place for someone like me! March 5, 1932. The woman who runs this inn is a fearful nagger. She has all the faults women are said to have, but in extra large measure. I have great respect for the husband who is patient enough to put up with such a woman. The wife in the couple in pilgrim costume seems quite ordinary in appearance and temperament, but evidently has a tendency toward hysteria in certain circumstances.

If I let sake get the best of me, then I’m a slave to sake, in other words, a hopeless case! . And this rain coming down—whether people pray for rain or don’t pray for rain, it will go on raining as long as it likes. We know that, yet we look up at the sky and hope and pray it will clear up. That’s the human heart for you. 37 Poems and Diary Entries 56 foul mood soak it away in bath water 57 passing through one day— they let me listen to their phonograph 58 windy town and a Korean whose furs don’t sell 59 late at night gamblers’ voices 56 yûutsu o yu ni tokasõ 57 tabi no aruhi no chikuonki kikasete morau 58 kaze no machi no kegawa urenai Senjin de 59 fukete bakuchi utsu koe 38 Poems and Diary Entries Rain.

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