Comparative anthropology of Buddhism workshop: Possession specialists

Organized as a collaboration between the Centre for Himalayan Studies and the Southeast Asia Centre units of the French CNRS, a series of day-long thematic workshops in the comparative anthropology of Buddhism is held in Paris this year (2013-2014), on the general theme of “Buddhist religious fields”.

The third workshop will be held on Friday, 6 June 2014.
Its theme is:

Possession specialists in Buddhist contexts.

Please find the short program below, and the complete program, with abstracts and bibliographical suggestions, here.

All interested scholars and students are most welcome to join us.
Please contact: Nicolas Sihlé (nsihle [at]

For the previous sessions of these workshops, click here.



Nicolas Sihlé

Nicolas Sihlé, a sociocultural anthropologist, is researcher at the Center for Himalayan Studies, a research unit of the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) based in Villejuif (France). He specializes on Tibetan religion and society, and is the author of Rituels bouddhiques de pouvoir et de violence : La figure du tantriste tibétain [Buddhist rituals of power and violence : The figure of the Tibetan tantrist] (Brepols, 2013). His current work focuses on post-Mao socioreligious transitions in and around the famous communities of non-monastic specialists of tantric Buddhism in northeast Tibet (Amdo), and more generally on the comparative anthropology of Buddhism.

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