Goddess on the Frontier: Religion, Ethnicity, and Gender in Southwest China

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Dali is a small region on a high plateau in Southeast Asia. Its main deity, Baijie, has assumed several gendered forms throughout the area's history: Buddhist goddess, the mother of Dali's founder, a widowed martyr, and a village divinity. What accounts for so many different incarnations of a local deity? Goddess on the Frontier argues that Dali's encounters with forces beyond region and nation have influenced the goddess's transformations. Dali sits at the cultural crossroads of Southeast Asia, India, and Tibet; it has ...

Goddess on the Frontier: Religion, Ethnicity, and Gender in Southwest China 2016, Stanford University Press

ISBN-13: 9780804799546

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