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9789004155503

Proceedings of the Tenth Seminar of the Iats, 2003, Volume 10 Soundings in Tibetan Medicine

Proceedings of the Tenth Seminar of the Iats, 2003, Volume 10 Soundings in Tibetan Medicine
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  • ISBN-13: 9789004155503
  • ISBN: 9004155503
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Publisher: BRILL

AUTHOR

Schrempf, Mona

SUMMARY

In this volume, for the first time Tibetan medicine is approached from a combination of anthropology and history. These two disciplines appear to be vital to come to understand Tibetan medical knowledge and practice as being complex, diverse and dynamic phenomena which reflect changing social and historical conditions at the same time while also appealing to or preserving an older canon of traditions. Part One examines the impacts of various modernities in Tibet, the Himalayan borderlands and the Tibetan exile, including standardisation and scientisation of Tibetan medicine. Part Two investigates the transmission and professionalisation of medical knowledge and its role in identity construction. Part Three traces connections between various body images, practices, and cosmologies in Tibetan societies and how mental and physical illnesses are understood. Part Four critically presents new or little known histories, commentarial practices, textual narratives and oral sources for investigating the history of Tibetan medicine. Book jacket.Schrempf, Mona is the author of 'Proceedings of the Tenth Seminar of the Iats, 2003, Volume 10 Soundings in Tibetan Medicine', published 2007 under ISBN 9789004155503 and ISBN 9004155503.

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