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Violence And Opposition Among The Nomads Of Amdo: Expectations Of Leadership And Religious Authority

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In this paper author consider the demonstrative aspects of the violent behavior found among the Amdo nomads, their explicitly emotional responses to attack and injury and a seemingly irrational approval of certain practices of defiance. The anger that justifies violence must be expressed in the right way and in the right circumstances. It is part of a pattern of behavior expected of adult men, a self-conscious display of manhood. The nomads refer to these groups, which may consist of several thousand people, as dewa Where a completely new xiang has been created this has also come to be regarded as a dewa. The nomads' defiance is not an anti-state process, in the sense of negating the possibility of a state.This oppositional relationship is also exemplified in the relations between the nomads and their lamas, particularly evident in Machu, where they play an important role in conflict resolution.

Keywords: Amdo nomads; anti-state process; conflict resolution; nomads and their lamas



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