Sky Burial

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Sky Burial

Sky Burial

An Epic Love Story of Tibet

  • Author: Xinran
  • Publisher: Anchor
  • ISBN: 0307497895
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 224
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It was 1994 when Xinran, a journalist and the internationally acclaimed author of The Good Women of China, received a telephone call asking her to travel four hours to meet a woman who had just crossed the border from Tibet into China. Xinran made the trip and met the woman, called Shu Wen, who recounted the story of her thirty-year odyssey in the vast landscape of Tibet. In Sky Burial, Xinran has re-created Shu Wen’s journey, painting an extraordinary portrait of a woman and a land, each at the mercy of fate and politics. It is an unforgettable, ultimately uplifting tale of love, loss, loyalty, and survival. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Sky Burial

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Sky Burial

Sky Burial

  • Author: Dana Levin
  • Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
  • ISBN: 1619320312
  • Category: Poetry
  • Page: 96
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"Readers will find that this work carries the pulse of their darkest sorrows, in the breath of their humanity. Highly recommended."—Library Journal "Intimate and hypnotic."—Ploughshares "Levin has the skilled ear, magnificent tongue, and fierce mind of the truly prophetic."—Rain Taxi "Levin's work is phenomenological; it details how it feels to be an embodied consciousness making its way through the world."—Boston Review "Death is the new and unshakeable lens through which I see," writes Dana Levin about her third book, in which she confronts mortality and loss in subjects ranging from Tibetan Buddhist burial practices to Aztec human sacrifice. Shaped by dreams and "the worms and the gods," these poems are a profound investigation of our inescapable fate. As Louise Glück has said: "Levin's animating fury goes back deeper into our linguistic and philosophic history: to Blake's tiger, to the iron judgments of the Old Testament." They took you in an ambulance even though you were dead, they took you and my sister said Why are you saving her if she is dead? shey shey— Curve of sky a crescent blade. Vultures wheeling on thermal parapets, shunyata, void that flays— Yak butter, barley flour and tea: you watch him make the paste. Dana Levin's debut volume In the Surgical Theatre won the prestigious APR/Honickman First Book Prize. She teaches creative writing at the University of New Mexico and in the Warren Wilson College MFA Program. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Sky Burial

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Sky Burial

Sky Burial

An Eyewitness Account of China's Brutal Crackdown in Tibet

  • Author: Blake Kerr
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications
  • ISBN: 1559397241
  • Category: History
  • Page: 224
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This is a riveting firsthand account by Blake Kerr, an American doctor who inadvertently walked into one of the grimmest scenes of political oppression in the world. Kerr was visiting Tibet with his old college friend John Ackerly. They were enjoying the sights and sounds of Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, and hitchhiking to Everest, where they "humped loads" for an American expedition assaulting the mountain. Upon returning to Lhasa, Kerr and Ackerly witnessed a series of demonstrations by Tibetan monks greater than anything witnessed by foreigners since China entered Tibet in 1949.

SKY BURIAL

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SKY BURIAL

SKY BURIAL

New and Selected Poems

  • Author: PETER. GIZZI
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781784108229
  • Category:
  • Page: N.A
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Tales of Tibet

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Tales of Tibet

Tales of Tibet

Sky Burials, Prayer Wheels, and Wind Horses

  • Author: Herbert J. Batt
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
  • ISBN: 9780742500532
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 269
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Vivid and varied images of Tibet spring to life in this first collection of fiction on the country ever translated into English. As the storytellers portray Tibetan hunting traditions, Buddhist lore, and burial rites, they lure readers into a haunting and unfamiliar land.

How Not to Make a Human

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How Not to Make a Human

How Not to Make a Human

Pets, Feral Children, Worms, Sky Burial, Oysters

  • Author: Karl Steel
  • Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
  • ISBN: 145296002X
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 280
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From pet keeping to sky burials, a posthuman and ecocritical interrogation of and challenge to human particularity in medieval texts Mainstream medieval thought, like much of mainstream modern thought, habitually argued that because humans alone had language, reason, and immortal souls, all other life was simply theirs for the taking. But outside this scholarly consensus teemed a host of other ways to imagine the shared worlds of humans and nonhumans. How Not to Make a Human engages with these nonsystematic practices and thought to challenge both human particularity and the notion that agency, free will, and rationality are the defining characteristics of being human. Recuperating the Middle Ages as a lost opportunity for decentering humanity, Karl Steel provides a posthuman and ecocritical interrogation of a wide range of medieval texts. Exploring such diverse topics as medieval pet keeping, stories of feral and isolated children, the ecological implications of funeral practices, and the “bare life” of oysters from a variety of disanthropic perspectives, Steel furnishes contemporary posthumanists with overlooked cultural models to challenge human and other supremacies at their roots. By collecting beliefs and practices outside the mainstream of medieval thought, How Not to Make a Human connects contemporary concerns with ecology, animal life, and rethinkings of what it means to be human to uncanny materials that emphasize matters of death, violence, edibility, and vulnerability.

Sky burial

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Sky burial

Sky burial

  • Author: Graham Mort
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category:
  • Page: 90
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Buddhism Beyond the Monastery

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Buddhism Beyond the Monastery

Buddhism Beyond the Monastery

Tantric Practices and Their Performers in Tibet and the Himalayas

  • Author: International Association for Tibetan Studies. Seminar
  • Publisher: BRILL
  • ISBN: 9004176004
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 202
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Monasteries have been the locus classicus of the academic investigation of Tibetan religions. This volume seeks to balance this emphasis with an exploration of the diverse religious specialists who operate outside of the monastery in Tibet and along the Himalayan belt. The articles collected here depict Tantric professionals, visionaries, village lamas, spirit mediums, and female religious leaders whose loyalties reside in the noncelibate sphere but whose activities have had a significant impact on Tibetan religion. Using methodologies drawn from anthropological and textual scholarship, these seven essays bolster our understanding of religious practices and their performers beyond the monasteries of Central and Eastern Tibet, Bhutan, and India from historical times to the present day.