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Author Tan, Gillian G., author
Title In the circle of white stones : moving through seasons with nomads of eastern Tibet / Gillian G. Tan
Imprint Seattle : University of Washington Press, [2017]
book jacket
 Ethnology Library  DS786 .T33 2017    AVAILABLE    30520020832565
 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  DS786 T161 2017    AVAILABLE    30530001335025
Descript xxiv, 147 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series Studies on ethnic groups in China
Studies on ethnic groups in China
Note "In this ethnographic narrative of subsistence on the Tibetan plateau, anthropologist Gillian Tan describes the life-worlds of Tibetan nomads in a region traditionally known as Kham. The people of Dora Karmo (Circle of White Stones) are pastoralists who move with their yaks from pasture to pasture and depend on the milk production of their herd for sustenance. Tan's story, based her on own experience of living through seasonal cycles with the people of Dora Karmo between 2006 and 2013, examines the community's powerful relationship with a Buddhist lama and their interactions with external agents of change. As Buddhists, they believe in the never-ending cycle of life and death through reincarnation. Death, then, is not regarded as permanent loss but as the opportunity for continual change. Portrayals of personal loss through natural causes and revenge feuds, as well as sky burials, illustrate how impermanence permeates daily life. These pastoralists have adapted since 1959 to conditions imposed by the Chinese state through a combination of acquiescence, strategy, and resistance. They have also started to participate in the markets of a rapidly modernizing China, and in projects of international development that originate outside their own belief systems and social structures. In showing how the people of Dora Karmo perceive their environment and dwell in their world, Tan calls on development agents to consider this different worldview before they initiate projects among and for nomads"-- Provided by publisher
Includes bibliographical references and index
Foreword / by Stevan Harrell -- Transcription, transliteration, and names -- The people -- Timeline -- Getting to Dora Karmo -- The house and the tent -- Life in the summer pasture -- A world of impermanence -- The Lama -- Leaving and arriving -- Glossary
Subject Tibet, Plateau of -- Social life and customs
Nomads -- Tibet, Plateau of -- Social life and customs
Seasons -- Tibet, Plateau of
Pastoral systems -- Tibet, Plateau of
Buddhists -- Tibet, Plateau of -- Social life and customs
Tibet, Plateau of -- Religious life and customs
Tan, Gillian G. -- Travel -- Tibet, Plateau of
Tibet, Plateau of -- Description and travel
Ethnology -- Tibet, Plateau of
Tibet, Plateau of -- Ethnic relations
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