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The Holy Land Reborn: Pilgrimage and the Tibetan Reinvention of Buddhist India

Toni Huber


The Dalai Lama has said that Tibetans consider themselves “the child of Indian civilization,” and that India is the “holy land” from whose sources the Tibetans have built their own civilization. What explains this powerful allegiance to India? This book investigates how Tibetans have maintained a ritual relationship to India, particularly by way of pilgrimage, and what it means for them to consider India as their holy land. Focusing on the Tibetan creation and recreation of India as a destination, a landscape, and a kind of other, in both real and idealized terms, the book explores how Tibetan ... More

Keywords: Dalai Lama, Tibetans, Indian civilization, India, holy land, ritual relationship, pilgrimage, religious territory, Buddhism, exile

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780226356488
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226356501.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Toni Huber, author