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Karénina Kollmar-Paulenz

Monday, August 24, 11:30 a.m. | CT
Of Yellow Teaching and Black Faith: Entangled knowledge cultures and the creation of religious traditions

Karénina Kollmar-Paulenz

The spread of Tibetan Buddhism to the Mongolian regions in the late 16th century did not only result in often violent confrontations between Tibetan Buddhist monks and Mongolian religious specialists, the male and female shamans, but also led to a reification process of local religious practices and concepts resulting in the creation of a single tradition on the discourse level. In my presentation I will show how the “teaching of the shamans” has come to be formed as both a concept and a practice in early-modern Inner Asia. By analysing its discursive formation and entangled historical configurations, from late 16th century Mongolia to late 19th century Buryatia, the lecture aims to shed light on the question how religious traditions are discursively created and socially affirmed.