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Attempts to Buddhicise the Cult of Chinggis Khan

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Buddhism and the cult of Chinggis Khan are part of the Mongolian cultural and religious heritage. Through extensive textual and historical analysis, N. Hurcha argues that the cult of Chinggis Khan instituted in the thirteenth century has survived repeated attempts of Buddhist monks to incorporate it into the Buddhist ritual and cosmology. The paper poses important questions as how to balance the conflicting moral qualities represented by these two cultural and religious institutions of the Mongols.


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