Handbook on Religion in China
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Handbook on Religion in China

Edited by Stephan Feuchtwang

Informative and eye-opening, the Handbook on Religion in China provides a uniquely broad insight into the contemporary Chinese variations of Buddhism, Islam and Christianity. In turn, China's own religions and transmissions of rites and systems of divination have spread beyond China, a progression that is explored in detail across 19 chapters, written by leading experts in the field.
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Chapter 13: Tibetan religions on the Qing-zang Plateau

Chen Bo


The Dalai Lama is head of what had become the most powerful of the many schools or sects of Tibetan Buddhism. Its exile leaves other sects that it might have overcome. This chapter introduces the full range of sects and their doctrinal differences. It also introduces Bön, the pre-Buddhist local religions of Tibetan-speaking people, as well as transmissions of those local, shamanic religions themselves. Political control and close surveillance have enforced strict regulation but also had the effect of encouraging pilgrimages within China including Han Chinese.

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