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Long lives and untimely deaths; life-span concepts and longevity practices among Tibetans in the Darjeeling Hills, India.

9789004217034

Long lives and untimely deaths; life-span concepts and longevity practices among Tibetans in the Darjeeling Hills, India.

Gerke, Barbara.

BRILL

2012

362 pages

$144.00

Hardcover

Tibetan studies library; v.27

DS432

This ethnographic monograph on longevity in Tibetan culture examines medical and cultural practices relating to life-span enhancement and explores the physical and metaphysical aspects of processes for the prolonging of life in the Tibetan world view. Beginning with a detailed discussion of the scope of Tibetan cultural identity and its border of influence, the work covers medical contexts of longevity as well as astrological, and divinatory aspects and Buddhist tenets involved in the cultural definition and promotion of long life. The material includes numerous illustrations, tables, data sets, and maps. Gerke is a social anthropologist and researcher at Humboldt University of Berlin.

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