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The Resource Forging the golden urn : the Qing Empire and the politics of reincarnation in Tibet, Max Oidtmann

Forging the golden urn : the Qing Empire and the politics of reincarnation in Tibet, Max Oidtmann

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Forging the golden urn : the Qing Empire and the politics of reincarnation in Tibet
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Forging the golden urn
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the Qing Empire and the politics of reincarnation in Tibet
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Max Oidtmann
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eng
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"In 1995, the People's Republic of China resurrected a Qing-era law mandating that the reincarnations of prominent Tibetan Buddhist monks be identified by drawing lots from a golden urn. The Chinese Communist Party hoped to limit the ability of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in exile to independently identify reincarnations. In so doing, they elevated a long-forgotten ceremony into a controversial symbol of Chinese sovereignty in Tibet. In Forging the Golden Urn, Max Oidtmann ventures to the polyglot world of the Qing empire in search of the origins of the golden urn tradition. He seeks to understand the relationship between the Qing state and its most powerful partner in Inner Asia--the Geluk school of Tibetan Buddhism. Why did the Qianlong emperor invent the golden urn lottery in 1792? What ability did the Qing state have to alter Tibetan religious and political traditions? What did this law mean to Qing rulers, their advisors, and Tibetan Buddhists? Working with both the Manchu-language archives of the empire's colonial bureaucracy and the chronicles of Tibetan elites, Oidtmann traces how a Chinese bureaucratic technology--a lottery for assigning administrative posts--was exported to the Tibetan and Mongolian regions of the Qing empire and transformed into a ritual for identifying and authenticating reincarnations. Forging the Golden Urn sheds new light on how the empire's frontier officers grappled with matters of sovereignty, faith, and law and reveals the role that Tibetan elites played in the production of new religious traditions in the context of Qing colonialism"--
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Oidtmann, Max,
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non fiction
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bibliography
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Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University
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  • Tibet Autonomous Region (China)
  • China
  • Reincarnation
  • Buddhism
  • Buddhism
  • Buddhism
  • Buddhism
  • Politics and government
  • Qing Dynasty (China)
  • China
  • China
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Forging the golden urn : the Qing Empire and the politics of reincarnation in Tibet, Max Oidtmann
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-312) and index
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Contents
Introduction -- The royal regulations -- Shamanic colonialism -- Amdowas speaking in code -- Conclusion : paradoxes of the urn and the limits of empire -- Chronology of key events -- List of usages of the golden urn ritual -- Tibetan orthographic equivalents -- Translation of the Qianlong Emperor's Discourse on Lamas
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1043957346
Dimensions
24 cm
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xvii, 330 pages
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9780231184069
Lccn
2018003813
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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40028430796
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illustrations, map
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(OCoLC)1043957346
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Forging the golden urn : the Qing Empire and the politics of reincarnation in Tibet, Max Oidtmann
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-312) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- The royal regulations -- Shamanic colonialism -- Amdowas speaking in code -- Conclusion : paradoxes of the urn and the limits of empire -- Chronology of key events -- List of usages of the golden urn ritual -- Tibetan orthographic equivalents -- Translation of the Qianlong Emperor's Discourse on Lamas
Control code
1043957346
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvii, 330 pages
Isbn
9780231184069
Lccn
2018003813
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40028430796
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)1043957346

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