SOAS events Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:12:29 +0100 FeedCreator 1.7.2 SOAS logo Beyul: Hidden Valleys

Date: 27 November 2014 06:30pm

Finishes:27 November 2014 08:00pm

Venue: Vernon Square

Room: V211

Scholars usually regard the sku-bla as a mountain deity, with differing views on whether this cult is a foreign import or central to Imperial Tibetan religion. A re-examination of the relevant passages shows that the sku-bla is a ceremony central to the ideology of sacral kingship in the Old Tibetan Empire. It created a bond of vassalage between the celebrant and the Tibetan emperor, and was performed by vassals of the emperor rather than the royal court itself.

Thu, 27 Nov 2014 18:30:00 +0100
Buddhas, masters, and protectors: The 'hierophantic choreography' of Tibetan illustrated prints

Date: 28 November 2014 05:30pm

Finishes:28 November 2014 06:30pm

Venue: 21/22 Russell Square

Room: T101

This lecture treats woodcut images in Tibetan xylographs from the 15th to the 17th centuries. Focusing on specific examples—such as the 1539 first edition of the bKa' gdams glegs bam—it discusses the conventions governing the choice and display of the figures on the page, in order to illustrate how images may recount stories of textual transmission and relate information about the circumstances of production of the books.

Fri, 28 Nov 2014 17:30:00 +0100