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'Jag 'Dul—A Bon Mountain Pilgrimage In Dolpo, Nepal

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This chapter describes the process involved in its commencement and gives a short summary of the pilgrimage guide (dkar chag). The 'opening of the door' to ’Jag ’dul is an example that illustrates the promotion of Bon in the area of Dolpo. For several centuries Dolpo remained in a pivotal position between the kingdoms of Ya tse and those of western Tibet. The secluded valley of ’Jag ’dul is located in a remote side-valley in the western most part of Dolpo. The account of the ‘opening’ of ’Jag ’dul is mainly based on the dkar chag of the hidden land sbas yul ’Jag ’dul gzha ’tshon ’od bar gling. The local lama reads from the dkar chag at the main sites along the pilgrimage route and explains the history of the places according to the text—supplemented with the knowledge transmitted by oral tradition.

Keywords: ’Jag ’dul; Bon mountain pilgrimage; dkar chag; Dolpo; local lama; Nepal



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