Interaction between Tibetan Buddhism and the local ethnic communities in the multi-cultural perspective of the Tibetan-Yi Corridor

A case study at Yongning Township of Lijiang City


2017-09-05 12:00

Meng Hao,Wang Bitao
Journal of Yunnan Minzu Universi

Abstract: The Tibetan-Yi Corridor as a concept related to its history and ethnic regions refers to the important passageway for transportation and exchanges between the ethnic groups in northwest China and those in southwest China,where a diversity of ethnic cultures have emerged in its long history. The ethnic groups there have been subject to the influence of Tibetan Buddhism.This paper focuses on the analysis of the interactive relations between Tibetan Buddhism and the local ethnic communities through a case study at Yongning Township in Lijiang City of Yunnan province.As revealed by the research results,Tibetan Buddhism has been the main religion in Yongning and has gradually become an important part of the community culture of the ethnic groups through interactions with the local economy,life and culture.To some extent,Tibetan Buddhism serves as a symbol for the typical ethnic culture and a sense of belonging in the local community and helps to maintain the unity of the ethnic groups along the Tibetan-Yi Corridor and the safety and stability in the local communities while keeping the positive interactions between Tibetan Buddhism and the local ethnic communities.
Key words: Tibetan-Yi Corridor; Tibetan Buddhism; interactive relations; ethnic community
The Chinese version appeared in Journal of Yunnan Minzu University, 2017(05).


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