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James Sibree And Lars Dahle: Norwegian And British Missionary Ethnography As A Transnational And National Activity

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Annie Royle Taylor, member of the China Inland Mission; founder of the Tibet Pioneer Mission; writer and creator of a significant collection of Tibetan ethnographic material at the National Museums Scotland, is today best remembered as an anecdotal incident in the many biographies of the men who fought in the Younghusband Expedition to Tibet in 1904. Through the biographic narrative of a particular individual, this chapter examines how the field of 'Mission' allowed for changing attitudes to, and ideas about, gender and social status and the liberating experience of travel afforded to women, in relation to the colonial frontier of Tibet at the end of the nineteenth century. Although Taylor was clearly an eccentric character, she was one of many independent women to embrace the mission field as a site of personal liberation. The chapter concludes with a return to Tibet and the encroaching British Empire.

Keywords:Annie Royle Taylor; China inland mission; empire builder; Tibet pioneer mission; travel writer



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