Religion and Ethnicity in Mongolian Societies. Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

Kollmar-Paulenz, Karénina; Skrynnikova, Tatiana D.; Reinhardt, Seline (eds.) (2014). Religion and Ethnicity in Mongolian Societies. Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. Studies in Oriental Religions: Vol. 069. Wiesbaden: Otto Harrassowitz

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This volume about religion and ethnicity in Mongolian societies is the outcome of an international seminar organized in Switzerland in 2009. Ten contributions explore the interplay of religion and ethnicity in the Mongolian and Buryat-Mongolian regions, covering four hundred years of Mongolian and Buryat history. Drawing on methods of diverse scholarly disciplines, including religious studies, Tibetan and Mongolian studies, social anthropology and history, the issues addressed include Mongolian identity formations in the light of the Tibeto-Mongolian interface in the 17th century, Buryat religious survival in the colonial setting of 18th and 19th century Russia, the interplay of religion and politics in Buryatia, a case study of the famous “Imperishable Body” of Khambo Lama Itigelov, an analysis of the religious politics of the Buryat Traditional Sangha in today’s Republic of Buryatia, the role of Shamanism in the identity practices of Modern Buryatia, as well as the revival of “traditional” religions like Buddhism and Shamanism in Mongolia and the emergence of new religions, especially Christianity. Furthermore, two contributions provide in-depth analyses of the dominant theoretical approaches that inform Russian and Anglophone scholarship dealing with these questions.

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Book (Edited Volume)


06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute for the Science of Religion

UniBE Contributor:

Kollmar-Paulenz, Karénina and Reinhardt, Seline


200 Religion
200 Religion > 210 Philosophy & theory of religion
200 Religion > 290 Other religions




Studies in Oriental Religions


Otto Harrassowitz




To-Vi Lörtscher

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06 Mar 2015 11:32


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