Self-immolation as protest in Tibet
Special issue of the journal Cultural Anthropology on the self-immolations in Tibet, co-edited by Carole McGranahan and Ralph Litzinger, published on 9 April 2012, http://www.culanth.org/?q=node%2F526
Tibet has no history of self-immolation as sacrifice, religious offering, or political protest. Yet, in the last year alone, roughly thirty-five Tibetans have set themselves on fire. The overwhelming majority of self-immolators are inside Tibet, in the People’s Republic of China, and almost exclusively in northwestern Sichuan and southeastern Qinghai provinces (corresponding to the Tibetan regions of northern Kham and southern Amdo). In this special issue of Cultural Anthropology, we collectively ask why. Why are so many Tibetans resorting to the singular act of setting the body on fire? What combination of cultural, historical, political, and/or religious reasons inspire these acts?
Read more: http://www.culanth.org/?q=node%2F526
[23 May 2012: see also here for a related event.]