The Tibetan Corpse Stories

In the center of Asia and the southwest part of China lies the Tibetan plateau, which is about 4,500 metres above sea-level. Given its high altitude, this area is popularly known as the Roof of the World. It is also the source of the major rivers of Asia, these are the Indus, the Salween, the Mekong, the Yangtze, and the Huang Ho river. In the past, on the plateau there was a country called Tibet and it was divided into three provinces, U-Tsang in the west and Kham and Amdo in the east. The people who lived there were called Tibetan. They were introduced to Indian culture as early as the year 600 CE and Indian Buddhism played a major influence. These people established their own individual Tibetan Buddhism which later spread to Mongolia and to other Himalayan regions.Most of the early Tibetan literature was derived from ancient Indian Buddhist literature. However, one popular non-Buddhist literature that came from India was Vetala (Vetalapancavimsatika) or corpse stories. In Tibet it is called, Ro sgrun (pronounced Ro Dun) also called, Siddhivad corpse stories, it means stories told by a dead body. Tibetans memorized the corpse stories and transmitted them orally to all parts of Tibet. During that time, the Indian Vetala (corpse stories) changed into Tibetan stories. They became one of the most important literature in Tibet. Many years later, after the stories had traveled to all of the areas in Tibet, hand-written manuscripts (U Med) were made of them. This is why there are a few different versions of the same stories, because people in different areas remembered them differently. Printed Pages: 262.

Title: The Tibetan Corpse Stories

Author Name: Acarya Nagarjuna, King Gautamiputra (Author) & Ryoshun Kajihama (Tr.)

Categories: Tibetan Studies, India,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.: 2013

ISBN: 8120836316

ISBN 13: 9788120836310

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition: New

Seller ID: 102039

Keywords: The Tibetan Corpse Stories Acarya Nagarjuna, King Gautamiputra (Author) & Ryoshun Kajihama (Tr.)