Commoners and Nobles: Hereditary Divisions in Tibet

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NIAS Press, 2005 - History - 170 pages
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This study explores how Tibetans manoeuvre within two contradictory value systems - those of old Tibet and the new People's Republic of China - balancing between ideals and pragmatism. More specifically, it asks how it is that the social categories of pre-communist Lhasa persist and are relevant in daily life despite decades of Chinese rule and the comprehensive restructuring of Tibetan society.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Overview of Lhasa the city in Lhasa valley
15
Social Categories
22
Expressions of Rank in Daily Life
47
Two silver cups
49
Marriage
71
Keepers of Cultural Knowledge
95
Butter lamps
102
Offerings of butter lamps and food
108
The Value of Inherited Knowledge
117
Prayer flags on the mountain
140
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