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Title: Political determinants of Indian pilgrimages to Mount Kailas and Manasarovar Lake

Creator:

Urbańska-Szymoszyn, Anna

Date issued/created:

2012-2013

Resource type:

Text

Subtitle:

Ethnologia Polona 33-34 (2012-2013)

Publisher:

Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology Polish Academy of Sciences

Place of publishing:

Warszwa

Description:

24 cm

Type of object:

Book/Chapter

Abstract:

This article1 describes the phenomenon of the contemporary Indian national pilgrimage to Mount Kailas and Manasarovar Lake in Tibet called Kailash-Manasarovar Yatra (KMY), in the context of complicated international relations (between India and China), and border relationships (Himalayan frontier between India, China and Nepal). The pilgrimage is organised annually by the Indian government for ca. 650 Shiva worshippers who have Indian citizenship. Chosen from among thousands of applicants, the pilgrims (yatri) set out on the extremely difficult, over-month route through the Himalayas to Tibet. To them, the pilgrimage to Tibet constitutes a challenge, a dream and a chance to win social and religious prestige. The present article is based on ethnological fieldworks combined with the analysis of the political situation in the region. The historical and political background of pilgrimages to Mount Kailas makes them a fascinating subject of research not only for ethnographers and experts in religious studies, but also for political scientists. It constitutes an example of how great power politics of two countries (dependent on historical decisions of colonial empires) may directly influence the lives of ordinary people and local communities both in Indian mainland and in the Himalayan borderland

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Relation:

Ethnologia Polona

Volume:

33-34

Start page:

143

End page:

153

Detailed Resource Type:

Article

Format:

application/pdf

Resource Identifier:

oai:rcin.org.pl:54897 ; 0137-4079

Source:

IAiE PAN, call no. P 366 ; IAiE PAN, call no. P 367 ; IAiE PAN, call no. P 368 ; click here to follow the link

Language:

eng

Rights:

Rights Reserved - Free Access

Terms of use:

Copyright-protected material. May be used within the limits of statutory user freedoms

Digitizing institution:

Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences

Original in:

Library of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences

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