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The Resource Travels in the netherworld : Buddhist popular narratives of death and the afterlife in Tibet, Bryan J. Cuevas

Travels in the netherworld : Buddhist popular narratives of death and the afterlife in Tibet, Bryan J. Cuevas

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Travels in the netherworld : Buddhist popular narratives of death and the afterlife in Tibet
Title
Travels in the netherworld
Title remainder
Buddhist popular narratives of death and the afterlife in Tibet
Statement of responsibility
Bryan J. Cuevas
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In Travels in the Netherworld, Bryan J. Cuevas examines a fascinating but little-known genre of Tibetan narrative literature about the delok, ordinary men and women who claim to have died, traveled through hell, and then returned from the afterlife. These narratives enjoy audiences ranging from the most sophisticated monastic scholars to pious townsfolk, villagers, and nomads. Their accounts emphasize the universal Buddhist principles of impermanence and worldly suffering, the fluctuations of karma, and the feasibility of obtaining a favorable rebirth through virtue and merit. Providing a clear, detailed analysis of four vivid return-from-death tales, including the stories of a Tibetan housewife, a lama, a young noblewoman, and a Buddhist monk, Cuevas argues that these narratives express ideas about death and the afterlife that held wide currency among all classes of faithful Buddhists in Tibet." "Relying on a diversity of traditional Tibetan sources, Buddhist canonical scriptures, scholastic textbooks, ritual and meditations manuals, and medical treatises, in addition to the delok works themselves, Cuevas surveys a broad range of popular Tibetan Buddhist ideas about death and dying. He explores beliefs about the vulnerability of the soul and its journey beyond death, karmic retribution and the terrors of hell, the nature of demons and demonic possession, ghosts, and reanimated corpses. Cuevas argues that these extraordinary accounts exhibit flexibility between social and religious categories that are conventionally polarized and concludes that, contrary to the accepted wisdom, such rigid divisions as elite and golk, monastic and lay religion are not sufficiently representative of traditional Tibetan Buddhism on the ground. This study offers innovative perspectives on popular religion in Tibet and fills a gap in an important field of Tibetan literature."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1967-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Cuevas, Bryan J.
Dewey number
294.3/423
Index
index present
LC call number
BQ4487
LC item number
.C84 2008
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Death
  • Buddhism
  • Near-death experiences
Label
Travels in the netherworld : Buddhist popular narratives of death and the afterlife in Tibet, Bryan J. Cuevas
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [169]-192) 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
To hell and back -- Travels of a Tibetan housewife -- A lama in distress -- The return of a noble young lady -- A ghost in monk's robes -- Storytellers
Control code
167503376
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
viii, 199 pages
Isbn
9780195341164
Isbn Type
(cloth)
Lccn
2007034720
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)167503376
Label
Travels in the netherworld : Buddhist popular narratives of death and the afterlife in Tibet, Bryan J. Cuevas
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [169]-192) 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
To hell and back -- Travels of a Tibetan housewife -- A lama in distress -- The return of a noble young lady -- A ghost in monk's robes -- Storytellers
Control code
167503376
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
viii, 199 pages
Isbn
9780195341164
Isbn Type
(cloth)
Lccn
2007034720
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)167503376

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