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This front matter section of this book Lamas, Shamans and Ancestors contains table of contents, original preface and acknowledgments, a note on the text, and list of illustrations. The book is a study of ritual within a community variously referred to as Bhutia, Lhopo or Denjongpa in the agricultural village of Tingchim in North Sikkim. This study explores the rituals and working relations of Buddhist lamas and shamans within the wider context of village life, taking into consideration the sacred history of the land as well as its more recent political and economic transformation.

Keywords: Buddhist lamas; shamans; Tingchim



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