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Socio-Economic Organisation Of Village Communities And Monasteries In Spiti, H.P., India: The Case Of A Religious Administrative Unit (Chos Gzhis)

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Introductory remarks on Tabo village and monastery are followed by a short historical outline of the area beginning with the Buddhist transformation of western Tibet in the late 10th century and its implications for the socio-economic organisation of village communities and monasteries during later periods. Since at least the late 15th century, Tabo monastery has been under the control of the Dge lugs pa order. The villages such as Tabo village and the neighbouring villages of Lari and Poh not only constitute the local administrative Panchayat unit but also the ‘sponsoring communities’ of Tabo monastery. The author discusses the existence of the two register books in the monastery in 1998. Both register books contain lists of households and the dues in kind (bon) the khang chen households had to deliver to the monastery on certain festive occasions.

Keywords: local administrative Panchayat unit; register books; religious administrative unit; socio-economic organisation; Tabo monastery; village communities

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