Shambhala : One Buryat Reinterpretation of the Myth in 20th Century



Year of publication 2020
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Proceedings of the International Conference Sacred Geography: Multi-Disciplinary Approaches in Space and Time
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Faculty of Arts

Keywords The Shambhala myth; Tibetan Buddhism; Kalachakratantra text; visual representations; Tibet; Mongolia; Buryatia; Buddhist visual sources in the 20th century
Description The Shambhala myth is a typical narrative form of collective eschatology in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. In addition to the various texts devoted to the Shambhala myth, especially the Kalachakratantra, the visual representations of the Shambhala are also important. In addition to Tibet, Shambhala was extremely popular in other areas of Tibetan Buddhism's spread, such as Mongolia and Buryatia. Here, the Shambhala myth underwent its own development during the 20th century, independent of Tibet, and was politically updated, especially in the 1920s and 1930s. This fact can be proven on both textual and visual sources in the 20th century.
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