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Apropos Of The Word Gtsug Lag And The Indigenous Religion

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Mme Ariane Macdonald (A.M) is known as an excellent historian, prudent and critical, who always seeks to date documents with as much precision as possible. Since her work bears on the era of Srong btsan sgam po, the date of the documents utilized is important. A.M. was well aware of the fact that the majority of the documents are of relatively late date. A.M. sought to define the ancient religion (and mythology): its name, its contents and its function. For her, this religion was that of the King in the era of Srong btsan sgam po. It would have been called Gtsug or Gtsug lag, it would have had as a fundamental concept the Gtsug, Order of the Universe. It is in this way that A.M. writes these expressions, always in capital letters. However, they are never proper names; they are words which must be translated.

Keywords: Ariane Macdonald; Gtsug lag; indigenous religion; Tibetica Antiqua



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