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Tibet u imaginaciji Zapada: reprezentacijske prakse na primjeru Tibeta od kolonijalnog doba do danas


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Ivko, Igor. (2016). Tibet u imaginaciji Zapada: reprezentacijske prakse na primjeru Tibeta od kolonijalnog doba do danas. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Chair of Anthropology. [mentor Potkonjak, Sanja].

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If we take Zygmunt Bauman‘s interpretation of culture as ―makings of the mind created in order to generate the idea of living which acknowledges mortality (Bauman 2010:42), we can closely describe the reasons for Westener‘s traveling to 'the other side of the World', in search for spirituality. The representation of Tibet in the West has a history dependent on geopolitical reasons which will be presented in order to get an insight into the Western creation and exoticization of this 'sacred place‘. The starting point comes from the considerable interest Buddhism has in the West, inspired, to a significant extent, by the spiritual leader of the Tibetans and a recognizable figure and a 'promoter‘ of Buddhism, the 14th Dalai Lama. The central point of questioning is the one of Tibet taking on a role of ideology myth for the West? In 1959 Dalai Lama was forced out of Tibet and since 1960 there has been a Tibetan 'government in exile‘ together with thousands of Tibetan refugees in Dharamshala (Northeast of India). This work will also present the history of Dharamshala, known as 'Little Lhasa', and the meaning it has in the representation of Tibet, as well as of place which thousands of tourists come to visit and consider to be the centre of authentic Tibetan cultue and Buddhism.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: Tibet, exoticization, West, Dalai-lama, Dharamsala
Subjects: Ethnology and cultural anthropology
Departments: Chair of Anthropology
Supervisor: Potkonjak, Sanja
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2017 12:10
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2017 12:10

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