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Manas 4 (2018), 2.

Published on 08.12.2018 http://manas.bg/en/2018-vol4-2/robova

ISSN: 2367-6256

Robova, Proletina. Embodying the Deities Lha in the Context 
of the Religious Beliefs of the Buddhist Dards in Ladakh. – In: Manas: Cultures and Societies of South, East and Southeast Asia: Traditionalism, Dynamics and Globalization, Vol. 4, 2, 2018.

2018 / Volume 4 / Issue number 2 : Cultures and Societies of South, East and Southeast Asia: Traditionalism, Dynamics and Globalization

Embodying the Deities Lha in the Context 
of the Religious Beliefs of the Buddhist Dards in Ladakh

Proletina Robova

Summary

The deity mediums called lhamo/lhapa are a part of the pre-Buddhist folk-religion, spread across the region of Tibetan cultural influence. Their practice could be defined as having shamanic traits. It’s characterized by the ritual possesson of men (lhapa) and women (lhamo) by a variety of local deities called lha, which are able to make divinations, heal illnesses, dispell magic, etc. Here I will explore the specific way this tradition functions within the villages of the Buddhist Dards, where elements of the pre-Buddhist folk-religion are intertwined with the specific Dardic taboos of the community and it’s concepts of ritual purity and pollution. 

Keywords: Buddhist Dards, deity mediums, Buddhist, lhamolhapa, deities called lha, shamanic traits, Tibet, Ladakh, folk-religion, (Dardic) taboos, Brog-pa

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