Photographs from De long en large Ladakh by Jean Mansion - Édition Findakly. Copyright Lise Mansion

ExorcisingClick to enlargeExorcising Ancestors Conquering Heaven: Himalayan Rituals in Context

Éditions VAJRA PUBLICATIONS is releasing a new book entitled:

Exorcising Ancestors Conquering Heaven: Himalayan Rituals in Context

By Brigitte Steinmann, Mukta Singh Tamang, Thuden Gyalchen Lama

Description:

This volume is a first attempt at gathering together, translating, describing and analysing an immemorial textual and oral Nepalese Buddhist heritage, doomed to disappear: a most antique form of veneration of major figures of the Buddhist religion of the Tamangs, based on Tibetan corpus. The analysis is centered around the recreation and final dissolution of both ferocious and pacific images of their gods and ancestors. Multiple dramas and rehearsals featuring the complex rules of the society and all the obstacles encountered by people in their day to day lives, are played theatrically under the guidance of the Head rnyingmapa Lama and/ or the Bard. Books, dramas, recitations, speak of fiercely combatting hordes of demons, enemies of the group, of eliminating a scapegoat and of using for this all the resources of a very high-mountain environment, though far away in fact from where the ceremony in question is performed. People claim loud and clear to have descended from kings who came from the top of an original mountain situated in the centre of the world and touching the sky.

Similarly, Funeral rites founded on a conceptualisation of the phases of death, and Teachings for the laity recited by the local bard, suggest that today’s Tamangs’ ancestors may well have been contemporaneous with ancient Mongolian societies, all of them adepts of the old Bon religion and prior to periods when the great literature of the northern Treasure-texts gterma disseminated in Nepal from the seventeenth century onwards, was introduced.

This long-term work is the result of a collective effort bringing together the skills of researchers, ethnologists and historians, passionate about the world of these Buddhist populations of Nepal.

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The Fernet-Branca Foundation organizes

FROM OCTOBER 17, 2020 TO JANUARY 10, 2021

An EXHIBITION entitled :

An infinite world: Shamanic artists, around a collection from the Himalayas

The exhibition "An Infinite World" is the meeting of a collection of shamanic objects from the Himalayas and contemporary artists who develop a search for unity and communion.
The Himalayan collection being that of Pierre Zinck, well known to have been presented in various exhibitions, is a guarantee of quality.

Contemporary artists presented :
BAE BIEN-U - GASTON DAMAG – DAMIEN DEROUBAIX – IWAJLA KLINKE - KATHARINA LEUTERT – MYRIAM MIHINDOU - SABA NIKNAM - MAREN RUBEN – SYLVIE VILLAUME

More information on http://fondationfernet-branca.org

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SCIAMANESIMO E SACROClick to enlargeSHAMANISM AND SACRED (SCIAMANESIMO E SACRO)

At the CELSO Institute of Oriental Studies ( Galleria Mazzini 7 - Genova )

Sunday 25 October 2020
by Professor David Bellatalla

http://www.celso.org/corso_sciamanesimo_e_sacro.html

Programme :

- Introduction to the study of shamanism: definition, historical aspects, domains of diffusion
- From field research to scientific analysis
- The figure of the shaman: anthropological aspects, roles and representations
- The experience of trance and altered states of consciousness
- Visions, Possessions and Ecstasy: Ethnographic and Anthropological Aspects
- Healing rituals, propitiators and soothsayers
- Therapeutic trance: from psychotropic drugs to adipose spirits

For any information and reservation :

CELSO - INSTITUTE OF ORIENTAL STUDIES

Tél (39)010586556

www.celso.org
Centro di Cultura Italia Asia


BhoutanClick to enlargeBHOUTAN 2

« BHOUTAN - a small country possessed by the sky » (1974)

by Ludovic and Anna SEGARRA

in the presence of Anna SEGARRA (if her state of health allows it)

and presented by François Pannier

Thursday, November 5, 2020

from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. movie room

Musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac 222 Rue de l'Université, 75007 Paris.

organized by the SOCIÉTÉ DES ÉTUDES EURO-ASIATIQUES (SEEA)

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They had the privilege of being among the first Westerners to be able to reach this kingdom, during the relaxation of the rules of accession to the country decided by its fourth king, in 1974. Their visas were numbered 2 and 3 in the list of visitors. Their film allows the discovery of this small state perched in the Himalayas, which was once part of the principality of Tibet, to become a kingdom in 1907 and a member of the United Nations since 1971. Ludovic Segarra highlights the spiritual sources of life in this country, which is one of the last islands of Tibetan culture. A sociologist who has chosen the camera as his working instrument, Ludovic Segarra knows how to both allow the contemplation of a beautiful landscape and establish bonds of friendship with men haunted by the beyond of material life, by the divine order of the cosmos and the conviction that one must live with this order. Today, Bhutan is still characterized mainly by its concern for food self-sufficiency, the deeply religious character of its people and their propensity for happiness.

The screening of the film is also an opportunity to bear witness to a changing world. Tourism and the mass media have turned the "traditional" context upside down: the younger generations are more fascinated by the soccer World Cup, watched on their cell phones, than by their rituals. François Pannier, President of the ARCH (Association for the Radiation of Himalayan Cultures), will present part of his talk during the international symposium at the Carnival and Binche Mask Museum devoted to the preservation of intangible heritage, during which he will present an inventory, with photographs and film extracts, of the profound changes that have affected the Himalayan zone.


BhoutanClick to enlargeProjection 3 CHAMAN

« 3 CHAMAN » (1974 - 77 minutes)

Adrien Viel (Clerse UMR 8019 CNRS-Lille1)

Will speak about his film 3 Shamans and his work on the Chepang of Nepal.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

at 7 p.m. in the Jacques Kerkache reading room

Musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac 222 Rue de l'Université, 75007 Paris.

in partnership with the Society for Euro-Asian Studies

Free admission

 

 


Trading Societies of Western NepalClick to enlargeROOF OF THE WORLD NIGHTS OF OCTOBER 2020

We organize on Thursday, October 08, 2020 at 6 p.m., always at 6, rue Visconti 75006, our 52st evening.

It will be devoted to MITHILA, according to the photographic collection of Yves Véquaud.

Surprisingly, we will make a parallel with the current exhibition at the Musée Maillol on

Spirit are you there?

We will end this evening with an excerpt from the film MITHILA by Ludovic Ségarra in which Yves Véquaud had collaborated.

Reservation is strongly recommended. Free entrance.  2