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  Nomadic Sacrifice: The Chod Pilgrimage among the Bonpo of Dolpo (DVD Included)
By: Martino Nicoletti

Nomadic Sacrifice


 
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Author: Martino Nicoletti
Format: Paperback + DVD
ISBN: 9789937506915
Publication Date: 2013

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In the heart of the Himalayas, officiants belonging to Tibet's ancient religion, Bn, undertake a long ritual pilgrimage through wild and inhospitable places inhabited by mountain deities, water genii, ferocious demons and dangerous ghosts. As the pilgrimage unfolds, having attracted the spirits' attention with wildly provocative acts and evoking their presence by reciting a ritual text and the sound of magical musical instruments, the practitioners celebrate the meditative sacrifice of their own body (chd), offered to a whole host of invisible beings as spiritual nourishment during a singular ritual banquet. Texts, diary excerpts and photos recount this archaic ritual, deeply rooted in the notion of Universal Compassion and chiefly aimed at severing the practitioner's attachment to his physical body and overcoming identification with his own illusory ego.
The work is also enriched by the sacred ritual text The Secret Wisdom ??kin? (Khandro Sangba Yeshe), translated for this volume by Geshe Gelek Jinpa, and by a DVD containing a short Super-8 film by the author, as well as the liturgical chd chant performed by the monks of the bnpo monastery Triten Norbutse in Nepal.

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