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Title: Mardung : a reflexive analysis of Tibetan Buddhist views and beliefs concerning bodily preservation
Author: Owen, Mark
ISNI:       0000 0004 2677 2359
Awarding Body: University of Winchester
Current Institution: University of Winchester
Date of Award: 2009
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This study draws on a body of data collected during a one year period of fieldwork in a number of Tibetan Buddhist communities in order to challenge and enhance the modest amount of work previously undertaken in the area of Tibetan Buddhist bodily preservation. More generally this investigation will also interrogate a number of issues and assumptions relating to the academic study of Buddhist relics and their veneration. In chapter two of this thesis it will be argued that previously adopted approaches to the study of Buddhist bodily preservation, and more generally bodily relics, can be shown to be inadequate as means by which to re-present and/or account for the diversity of views and beliefs evident in practitioners' understandings. Furthermore, historical precedents and contemporary theoretical developments support the assumption that the adoption of a more acute reflex dimension can prove to be a corrective to some of the problems inherent in the knowledge creation and representation process.
Supervisor: King, Anna ; Stuart, Elizabeth Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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