The Emergence of a Myth : In search of the origins of the life story of Shenrab Miwo, the founder of Bon

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The Emergence of a Myth : In search of the origins of the life story of Shenrab Miwo, the founder of Bon

Type: Doctoral Thesis
Title: The Emergence of a Myth : In search of the origins of the life story of Shenrab Miwo, the founder of Bon
Author: Gurung, Kalsang Norbu
Publisher: Leiden University Institute for Area Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University
Issue Date: 2011-05-31
Keywords: Tibet
Bon
Buddhism
Hagiography
Legend
Tibetan religion
Abstract: In this dissertation, I have focused on the construction of the life account of the founder of Bon Religion, Shenrab Miwo. I try to answer some key questions such as, who was Shenrab Miwo and why is he considered to have been the founder of Bon? How did the hagiography of Shenrab Miwo emerge and how did this contribute toward the development of Bon? Shenrab Miwo was designated as the founder of Bon probably during the second spread of Buddhism in Tibet, starting the 10th–11th century AD. In order to compete with the Buddhist claim that their religion was founded by the Buddha Śākyamuni, Bonpos began to claim that their religion was founded by Shenrab Miwo, and that it was much older than Buddhism. The Bonpos began to formalize their religion by appropriating Buddhist literature and adjusting it for their own purposes. The choice of Shenrab Miwo as the founder of Bon was first canonized with the creation of the mDo ’dus. Its basic narrative patterns are based on proto-narratives, such as still extant in Tibetan Dunhuang documents, on Tibetan translations of legends of the life of the Buddha, and other textual fragments that existed in Tibet at that time, and are most likely also based on stories that were passed down orally.
Description: Promotor: A.M. Lubotsky, Co-promotor: H.W.A. Blezer
With Summary in Dutch
Faculty: Faculteit der Letteren
Citation: Gurung, K.N., 2011, Doctoral Thesis, Leiden University
Sponsor: De Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO), De Stichting J. Gonda Fonds, Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (formerly, Research School for Asian, African, and Amerindian Studies, CNWS), International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL)
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/17677
 

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