Transforming history and myth: on the mutuality and separation of shared narratives in Eastern Tibet

Tan, Gillian G. 2013, Transforming history and myth: on the mutuality and separation of shared narratives in Eastern Tibet, Australian journal of anthropology, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 193-212.

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Title Transforming history and myth: on the mutuality and separation of shared narratives in Eastern Tibet
Author(s) Tan, Gillian G.
Journal name Australian journal of anthropology
Volume number 24
Issue number 2
Start page 193
End page 212
Total pages 20
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Place of publication Chichester, England
Publication date 2013-08
ISSN 1035-8811
1757-6547
Keyword(s) myth
history
Levi-Strauss
mythemes
topograms
Eastern Tibet
Summary Questioning the distinction between ‘cold’ and ‘hot’ societies, and an implied separation between myth and history, anthropologists have increasingly urged for an understanding of both myth and history as equally valid modes of shared social consciousness. This article takes up this point of view by referring to a written history of Lhagang, a town in Eastern Tibet; a history that appears to have the transformative content and oral circulation of myth. Using Lévi-Strauss’ structural analysis of myth and Santos-Granero's concept of topograms to demonstrate the mythemes that derive from the written history and circulate among Lhagang Tibetans, the article argues that, within the political and cultural context of Lhagang, myth and history shift in and out of indigenous categories even while being categorically distinct.
Language eng
Field of Research 160199 Anthropology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30057037

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