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The Hidden Land And Its Supernatural Population

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This chapter outlines Tingchim villagers? perception of the supernatural. Its complex and ever present nature, along with its accepted interaction with the natural and social worlds, ensures that the supernatural remains a powerful element in village life. The pho lha mo lha and the supernatural beings of the territory are so fundamental to the Sikkimese perception of themselves and the world they live in, are the domain of the bon and Buddhist household rituals of village religion. Sikkim was, and in many ways is still regarded by its Buddhist inhabitants as a sacred hidden land or beyul. The political dimension of mountain gods in terms of national identity in Tibet has been discussed by Samten Karmay, and Dzönga is no exception in this respect.

Keywords: Buddhist household rituals; pho lha mo lha; sacred hidden land; Samten Karmay; Sikkimese perception; supernatural population; Tingchim villagers



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