A Thousand Words: The Role of Authority in Tibetan Auto-cremation Rituals
Litchford, Marah, Religious Studies - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Virginia
Germano, David, Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia
Ochs, Vanessa, Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia
Since 2009, more than 130 Tibetans have self-immolated in an act of ritualized religious warfare. The role of secular and religious authority shapes both the steps of the ritual itself, as well as the significance of enacting it. Historically, this has always been the case. With the current behaviors of outside authority unchanged, there is no reason to expect the cycles of auto-crematory rituals to come to a halt.
MA (Master of Arts)
auto-cremation, Buddhist protest, Tibet, self-immolation, China
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