The great collective rituals of the Repkong tantrists

Please join us for the following talk:

The great collective rituals of the Repkong tantrists: Identity issues, and religious, economic and moral dimensions
(in French)
Nicolas Sihlé
Thursday, December 1, 2011, 16-17h
INALCO (National Institute of Oriental Languages ​​and Civilizations), Room 5.20
65, rue des Grands Moulins, Paris 13e
(near metro station Bibliothèque François Mitterrand, line 14)

The Buddhist and Bönpo tantrist (ngakpa [sngags-pa] or xön [dpon]) communities of Repkong and other parts of Amdo are characterized by very large-scale collective rituals, some of them annual, and others just one-time events. Some of the largest ones are seen as instantiations of the famed (but ultimately, in Anderson’s sense, imagined) “Tantrist collectivity of Repkong, the 1900 ritual dagger holders” (Repkong ngakmang hərthok tong tang gəpgya [Reb-kong sngags-mang phur-thogs stong dang dgu-brgya]). This talk will present some of the identity dynamics involved. It will also explore some of the economic and moral aspects of these important religious events, in particular by looking at the religious gifts that occur on these occasions.


Veuillez nous rejoindre pour la présentation suivante :

Les grands rituels collectifs des tantristes du Repkong : enjeux identitaires, et dimensions religieuse, économique et morale
Nicolas Sihlé
Jeudi 1er décembre 2011, 16-17h
INALCO (Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales), Salle 5.20
65, rue des Grands Moulins, Paris 13e
(M° Bibliothèque François Mitterrand, ligne 14)

Résumé :
Les communautés de tantristes (ngakpa [sngags-pa] ou xön [dpon]) bouddhistes et bönpo du Repkong et d’ailleurs en Amdo sont caractérisées par de très grands rituels collectifs, annuels pour la plupart ou, pour certains, ne se déroulant qu’une seule fois. Certains des plus grands d’entre eux sont vus comme des manifestations de la célèbre (mais imaginée, au sens de Anderson) “Collectivité de tantristes du Repkong, les 1900 porteurs de dague rituelle” (Repkong ngakmang hərthok tong tang gəpgya [Reb-kong sngags-mang phur-thogs stong dang dgu-brgya]). Cette présentation analysera certains enjeux identitaires de ces rituels. Elle explorera aussi certains des aspects économiques et moraux de ces événements religieux importants, en particulier en examinant les dons qui sont effectués à ces occasions.


Cite this blog post
Nicolas Sihlé (2011, November 28). The great collective rituals of the Repkong tantrists. The Himalayas and beyond. Retrieved June 21, 2024, from

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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