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Rituals In The Imperium And Later: Continuity In The Rituals Of Tibetan Buddhism

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This chapter analyzes some rites that are either overtly political or have political implications. The value of studying these rites is not only that they are interesting per se, but also because most continued to be significant, with little change, at later courts, including the Dga'-ldan Pho-brang. The chapter provides a general note on ritual and Tibetan Buddhism. It begins with the oldest and most well-attested court rites, rim gro and sku rim. The chapter illustrates how the original meanings of "pre-Buddhist" terms were changed and then lost. Either it was not considered important to render their meanings precisely because translators considered them antiquated, or their original meanings had already been lost. This helps explain the numerous equivalents for sku rim/rim gro in the early Buddhist vocabularies.

Keywords: Buddhist vocabularies; Dga'-ldan Pho-brang; political ritual; rim gro; sku rim; Tibetan Buddhism

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