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Subject/Keyword
sacred gravitation
Tibet
prayer wheels
circumambulation
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Shao, Gong
Supervisor and department
DeBernardi, Jean (Anthropology)
Examining committee member and department
Forth, Gregory (Anthropology)
Palmer, Andie (Anthropology)
Kent, Stephen (Sociology)
Department
Department of Anthropology
Specialization

Date accepted
2014-07-08T15:52:58Z
Graduation date
2014-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
Circumambulation is a universal cultural phenomenon. In Tibetan society, it is not only a particularly religious practice, but also the ritual embodiment of the Tibetan ethos. This research examines the types of circumambulation and their symbolic meanings in Tibet. Through specific expressions in ethnographic accounts of circumambulation based on field study and literature review, two core elements of circumambulation are identified: a center of sacredness, and circular movement around this center. By analysis of the concept of sacredness and the symbolic meanings of the circle and circular movement, I establish a concentric circular model of circumambulation to interpret it in the Tibetan context. I use the concept of sacred gravitation to explore the relationship between sacredness and people as expressed in the form of circumambulation and how circumambulation acts as the symbolic medium in this relationship.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3639KD4H
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