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Manuscripts, Rituals and Magic in the Bon Religion

Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures, Hamburg
22 - 23 March 2019


This workshop, entitled “Manuscripts, Rituals, and Magic in the Bon Religion”, is the fourth event we have devoted to Bon manuscripts. The previous three, entitled Bonpo Manuscript Culture: Towards a Definition of an Emerging Field (parts 1 and 2), and Bon manuscripts in Context were oriented to the Bon tradition itself: Bon manuscripts perceived as material objects and part of heritage, their possible interconnections with Naxi culture, and surveys of collections from all around the world. In this workshop we would especially like to explore connections between manuscripts, their function, their form in the context of the Bon religion and ritual performance, and in general the material forms encapsulating this entire range of features. We would also like to perceive manuscripts as complex entities that are an essential component of ritual performance. Along the same lines, we would like to continue an interdisciplinary discussion that will make it possible to see Bon manuscripts in the wider perspective of manuscript studies. The participants are specialists in different academic disciplines including philology, anthropology, art history, archaeology and codicology, and will present their research on a variety of topics, including different collections of Bon manuscripts, text and illustrations, writing materials, and the historical and archaeological context of their places of origin. Thus, this workshop aims to explore various aspects of Bon written culture, with an emphasis on physical appearance, including the development of scripts, book culture through time, the layout of original manuscripts, and the transition from earlier to later traditions.

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The workshop will be held at the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures, Warburgstraße 26, Hamburg, Germany. How to find us

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