Women In Tibet
by Gyatso, Janet; Hanna Havnevik (Eds.)
About This Book
The women of Tibet have not hitherto been the subject of much study and here ten specialists offer scholarly accounts of women in Tibetan society of the pre-modern and modern periods. The modern studies relate to both Tibetans in Tibet and in exile.
Methodology and the relevance of feminist ideology are discussed in a careful introductory essay. Part One looks at the place of women in traditional Tibet as evidenced in the imperial annals and in accounts of Court Ladies, in Buddhist writings about prophets and other disciples, and in the autobiography of a Hermitess of the 15th Century CE. Part Two is on modern Tibetan women, and the essays discuss and explore the roles of female oracles in modern Tibet; outstanding women in Tibetan medicine; women in the performing arts; nunhood and gender in the religious centre of Labrang; and women and politics in contemporary Tibet.
With black and white photographs, bibliography and discography which gives Tibetan, Chinese and Western sources, glossary and index.
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