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This chapter explains how and why the political and economic factors affected people in Zilphukhog in terms of their social organization. Before offering the analytical approach to this issue, the author presents the native model, beginning first with a brief discussion of its applicability or relevance. It appears that the native model was derived from normative Buddhist tenets which pervaded every aspect of Tibetan culture. The four main constraining factors initially outlined in the chapter, including the decline of Dege-tsang, inter-estate encroachment, individual ambition, and the impact of adjacent states, were some of the most salient conditions that affected the lord/dependent relationship in Zilphukhog. This social organization, in all its dimensions the author has outlined, seemed to have had the optimal adaptive properties.

Keywords: native model; social organization; Tibetan culture; Zilphukhog



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