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Religious Bodies Politic: Rituals of Sovereignty in Buryat Buddhism

Anya Bernstein

Abstract

This book explores religious transformation among a Siberian people known as Buryats across changing political economies. It argues that under conditions of rapid social transformation such as those that accompanied the Russian Revolution, the Cold War, and the dissolution of the Soviet Union, certain persons, and especially their bodies became key sites through which Buryats have articulated their relationship with the Russian state and the larger Tibeto-Mongol and Eurasian worlds. Despite the Russian government’s continuing reluctance to see their Buddhist subjects cross borders, Buryats hav ... More

Keywords: Buryats, Buryat Buddhism, Bodies, Body Politics, Embodiment, Sovereignty, Postsocialism, Russia, Eurasian, Tibeto-Mongol

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226072555
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226072692.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anya Bernstein, author