Chinese Ethnic Religion in Tibet

Most of the Han Chinese who reside in Tibet practice their native Chinese folk religion (Shendao 神道, “Way of the Gods”). There is a Guandi Temple of Lhasa (拉萨关帝庙) where the Chinese god of war Guandi is identified with the cross-ethnic Chinese, Tibetan, Mongol and Manchu deity Gesar. The temple is built according to both […]

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Folk Religious Sects in Tibet

There is a Tibetan folk religious sect in Amdo County named the “Heroes of Ling”, which was founded in 1981 by a Tibetan called Sonam Phuntsog, who claimed to be an incarnation of the legendary hero Gesar.[17] At its peak in the 1980s the movement had attracted converts among local communist leaders.[17] It was later […]

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