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Curing And Protective Rituals Of The Household

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The most common sources of tension or quarrels among relatives or among Tingchim Lhopo villagers in general are either disputes over land boundaries or problems related to the marriage of women. There are three households in Tingchim that, every three years, hold a major ritual in their altar room in order to counter a curse sent against their ancestors some decades if not centuries ago. This chapter, among other things, follows the case of a woman who suffered a prolonged illness until the cause was correctly identified and a ritual invoking the ancestral gods was held to liberate the consciousness of her husband?s uncle, who died and became the prisoner of a dü. The unfolding of this ritual illustrates the way in which the bon and Buddhist ritual specialists may join forces for the welfare of a patient and collaborate in the performance of a single curing ritual.

Keywords: bon ritual specialist; household feuds; land disputes; ritual solutions; Tingchim Lhopo villagers



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