The Tibet Journal
Summer 2004 v. XXIX no. 2

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"The Corpse Cutters of Sera," Veronika Ronge, p. 3

"Of Corpses and Gold: Materials for the Study of the Vetala and the Ro langs," Michael Walter, p. 13

"'Pho ba Liturgy in 14th Century Tibet," Ching Hsuan Mei, p. 47

"The Tibetan Monastic Tradition in Exile: Secular and Monastic Schooling of Buddhist Monks and Nuns in Nepal," Ellen Bangsbo, p. 71

"A New Way of Looking at Health of Migrant Tibetans in India," Dr. Nupur Pathak, p. 83

Review Article
"Divinity Secularized: An Inquiry into the Nature and Form of the Songs Ascribed to the Sixth Dalai Lama," by Per K. Sorensen
Dan Martin, p. 90

Book Reviews

Soviet Russia & Tibet: the Debacle of Secret Diplomacy 1918-1930s by Alexandre Andreyev, reviewed by Parshotam Mehra, p. 104

Duel in the Snows: The True Story of the Younghushand Mission to Lhasa by Charles Allen, reviewed by Alex McKay, p. 106


Changing Minds: Contributions to the Study of Buddhism and Tibet in Honor of Jeffrey Hopkins, edited by Guy Newland, reviewed by Mark Tatz, p. 107

Buddhism as/in Performance: Analysis of Meditation and Theatrical Practice by David E. R. George, reviewed by Mona Schrempf, p. 110

The Essence of Buddhism by Traleg Kyabgon, reviewed by D. R. Chaudhry, p. 113

'Le Tibet est-il Chinois? "Is Tibet Chinese?" edited by Anne-Marie Blondeau & Katia Buffretille, reviewed by Audrey Prost, p. 115

You are the Eyes of the World by Longchenpa, translated by Kennard Lipman and Merrill Peterson, reviewed by Georgios Halkias, p. 117

The Dalai Lamas, The Institution and Its History by Ardy Verhaegen, reviewed by Tsamchoe Dolma, p. 120

Contributors, p. 121

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Alex McKay has a PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies, where he is currently a Millennium Research Fellow in the History Department. The author of Tibet and the British Raj. The Frontier Cadre 1904-1947 (Curzon, 1997) and editor of Pilgrimage in Tibet (Curzon, 1998) and the three-volume History of Tibet (Curzon), he holds a fellowship at the International Institute for Asian Studies in Leiden.

Audrey Prost is social anthropologist with an interest in Tibetan communities both in the Tibetan Autonomous Region and in exile. He works in Medical Anthropology, and completed a thesis on Tibetan medicine at University College London in 2004. She has also lectured on Anthropology in Brunel University, West London.

Ching Hsuan Mei is a Ph.D. scholar at the Leiden University, Netherlands. She has special interest in Buddhist studies, especially Tibetan Buddhism. Her research delves in the study of death and dying according to Buddhist doctrinal systems, and aims to clarify the significance of Amitabha tradition in Tibetan funeral liturgies.

D. R. Chaudry is a well-known columnist and reviewer in the Indian media world. He retired as a Reader at the Dyal Singh College of Delhi University. He has published several articles and over 100 reviews and review articles in leading English national dailies, including Times of India and The Tribune. He has three books in his credit, the latest being Education and Social Change (Radhakrishan, 2000).

Dan Martin is currently an associate researcher at the Department of Indian Studies, The Hebrew University at Jerusalem. He completed his doctoral degree in Tibetan Studies at the Department ofUralic and Altaic Studies (renamed Department of Central Eurasian Studies) at Indiana University in 1991. He has taught at Indiana University and Harvard University. His publications include Tibetan Histories: A bibliography of Tibetan-Language Historical Works (Serindia, 1997).

Ellen Bangsbo is an Anthropologist and independent researcher. He has to his credit several books including "Teaching and Learning in Tibet." A Review of Research and Policy Publications (NIAS Press, Copenhagen 2004.)

Georgios Halkias is currently working on his D.Phil. at the Oriental Institute, Oxford University. His areas of research interest include Tibetan Buddhism, Tibetan history & culture, and contemporary Tibetan developments.

Mark Tatz holds a Ph.D. in Buddhist studies from the University of British Columbia and he is an independent research scholar based at Berkeley, California. He has written and translated several works including Rebirth: the Tibetan Game of Liberation (Anchor Books, 1977) and Buddhism and Healing: Demieville S. Article "Byo" from Hobogirin (MD University Press, 1985).

Michael Walter has a doctorate in Uralic and Altaic Studies from Indiana University. He is currently the librarian of the Lumbini International Research Institute and a cataloger at Indiana University Libraries.

Mona Schrempf is a researcher and part-time lecturer at the Central Asian Seminar, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany. She has published several articles on ritual masked dances ('cham) and wrote her dissertation on religious and cultural revival among a Bonpo community in Amdo. Presently, she is working on recent historical and contemporary aspects of Tibetan medicine in Tibet.


Nupur Pathak, Ph.D. in Social Anthropology, Punjab University (PU), India is actively engaged in research on the problems of immigrant Tibetans in India. She has taught Anthropology as a part-time lecturer in PU since 1996. Her research works on Tibetan culture and medical system have been published in various academic journals.

Parshotam Mehra, formerly Professor of History and Central Asian Studies at the Panjab University, has written largely on India's northern frontiers and relations with China and Tibet . He has authored several books includig The North-West Frontier Drama 1945-47: A Reassessment (1998) and The McMahon Line and After (1974). He is currently working on a compendium of his research articles and papers in a volume tentatively entitled Studies in Frontier History.

Tsamchoe Dolma is a Research Assistant at the Library of Tibetan Works & Archives, Dharamsala. A graduate from Madras Christian College, she has composed several poems of which a few have been published in Muses in Exile. At present, she is translating a two-volume History of Golog.

Veronika Ronge, Ph.D, is a faculty member of the Department of Tibetology and Mongolian Studies at the University of Bonn. From 1971 to 2000, she has conducted various field works and research in India, Nepal and Tibet. She has published numerous research articles on Tibet and its neighboring countries with emphasis on traditional handicraft, art and material culture. She is also the President of the German Tibetan Cultural Association.

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