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The Buchen are specialist religious performers from Spiti, a culturally Tibetan valley in North India. They are widely known for performing an elaborate exorcism ritual that culminates in a slab of stone, marked with images of demons, being smashed on a man’s belly. In winter groups of Buchen perform their religious theatre, a localised form of Ache Lhamo, the Tibetan Opera. This book, published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Pitt Rivers Museum at the University of Oxford is the result of a research project and substantial fieldtrip funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, with project partnership from the Pitt Rivers Museum. Patrick Sutherland has been photographing in Spiti for nearly two decades and working with the Buchen for several years.
The book consists of a self-reflexive essay by Patrick Sutherland illustrated with historical photographs and his own photographs, followed by four sections of photographs and captions by Patrick Sutherland. It concludes with a substantial essay, placing the Buchen into a wider cultural and historical context, by Tashi Tsering, founding Director of the Amnye Machen Institute (Tibetan Centre for Advanced Studies) in Dharamsala. This essay is also illustrated with historical photographs.
|Type of Research:||Book|
|Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed:||Tibet, India, documentary photography, visual anthropology, Tibetan opera , Ache Lhamo|
|Publisher/Broadcaster/Company:||Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford|
|Your affiliations with UAL:||Colleges > London College of Communication|
|Funders:||AHRC, Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford University|
|Related Websites:||http://www.ox.ac.uk/visitors_friends/whats_on/1209.html, http://www.lcc.arts.ac.uk/Patrick_Sutherland_research.htm#, http://www.prm.ox.ac.uk/, http://www.disciplesofacrazysaint.com|
|Projects or Series:||Research Outputs Review (April 2010 - April 2011), Photographing the Spiti|
|Deposited By:||Prerna Bhatt|
|Deposited On:||02 Nov 2011 14:16|
|Last Modified:||10 Jul 2012 06:34|