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24 September, 2012
The Tibetan World of the Indian Himalayas: An Ethnography of the ‘Garden of Dakini’
The Tibetan World of the Indian Himalayas: An
Ethnography of the ‘Garden of Dakini’
By- Tanase Jiro
Research Scholar & Teacher
In the Lahul region of Himachal Pradesh, Hindu and
Tibetan cultures coexist. This region is also known as ‘Garsha Kandoling’ to
Tibetans, which means ‘Garsha, a garden of Dakini’.
The people of Lahul live 3,400 metres above sea
level in a challenging mountainous environment. Most of the original
inhabitants are Mongoloid, and believe in Tibetan Buddhism. Their traditional
ways of life are also Tibetan-like, and suitably adapted for the rigours of
life at high altitude.
This book is based on fieldwork conducted from 1987
onwards. In the first half of the book, anthropological data about Lahuli
society is presented. Various topics such as the means of inheriting wealth,
gender issues, and marriage customs (including the practice of adopting a
bridegroom into the bride’s family) are discussed. The discussion is
thematically focused on the issue of opposing principles between the household
(Kyum), and family (Jinmad). Polyandry, a unique form of
marriage in Tibet, can be understood as a means of mediation between these
The second half of the book describes a utopian
religious movement that developed in the early 1960s and which later led to the
tragic journey undertaken to discover Demojong, a Beyul (hidden country) that
was said to exist near Kanchenjunga. The leader of this movement—Terton Tulshuk
Lingpa (1916-63), was a Ningmapa yogi from Tibet.
Following India’s Independence in 1947, Lahuli
society and culture has been transformed dramatically. But as this intimate
portrait drawn by a Japanese anthropologist shows, the people of Lahul have
successfully re-organized and adapted their way of life, whilst preserving their
traditional values and religion.
Tanaase Jiro researches and teaches
Anthropology in the School of Human Cultures at the University of Shiga
ISBN 978-81-7304-957-6 2012 140p.