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By Jacob P. Dalton

ISBN-10: 0300153929

ISBN-13: 9780300153927

ISBN-10: 0300187963

ISBN-13: 9780300187960

The Taming of the Demons examines mythic and formality issues of violence, demon taming, and blood sacrifice in Tibetan Buddhism. Taking as its place to begin Tibet’s so-called age of fragmentation (842 to 986 C.E.), the ebook attracts on formerly unstudied manuscripts came across within the “library cave” close to Dunhuang, at the previous Silk highway. those historical records, it argues, show how this purportedly inactive interval in Tibetan heritage was once in reality the most important to the Tibetan assimilation of Buddhism, and especially to the unfold of violent topics from tantric Buddhism into Tibet on the neighborhood and the preferred degrees. Having make clear this “dark age” of Tibetan historical past, the second one half the ebook turns to how, from the overdue 10th century onward, the interval got here to play a necessary symbolic position in Tibet, as a violent historic “other” opposed to which the Tibetan Buddhist culture outlined itself.

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