Adams, Vincanne, 1959-. Production of self and body in Sherpa-Tibetan society

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Production of self and body in Sherpa-Tibetan society

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Anthropological approaches to the study of ethnomedicine, edited by Mark Nichter

Published By: Original publisher Anthropological approaches to the study of ethnomedicine, edited by Mark Nichter Yverdon, Switzerland ; Langhorne, Pa.: Gordon and Breach Science Publishers. 1992. 149-189 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Vincanne Adams

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2004. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Sherpa (AK06)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Magical and mental therapy (755); Theological systems (779); Prophets and ascetics (792); Ethnopsychology (828);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document Following Foucault's theories of modern bio-power and governmentality, Adams argues that Buddhist medico-religious practices construct a subjectivity that resembled that of European modernity and which made possible the rise of the Tibetan state in the 13th century. He examines the medical practices of the Khumba Sherpas who are culturally Tibetan, having emigrated to Nepal in the 16th century. According to Adams, Sherpas have a tripartite notion of self, one that is social, mental, and physical. Medical practitioners, including shamans (LAWAS) and monks (LAMAS) specialize which self they treat. The former cure disorders of the 'social' self and the latter those of the body and consciousness. The division of self into mental and physical components allowed for mindful discipline of the body in Buddhist ascetic practices and the self-regulation of people in the theocratic state. Adams discusses the changes in cosmologies and notions of self between the pre-Buddhist and Buddhist periods, and examines in detail Buddhist AMCHI medical theory and practice.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 15

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. ak06-015

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Essay

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 186-189)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1982, 1986-1987

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Anthropologist-4,5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Ian Skoggard ; 2002

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 640-1990

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Nepal and Tibet

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Sherpa (Nepalese people)


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