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Mapping the Sacred Landscape of Lahaul – The Karzha Khandroling Mandala

  • Verena Widorn
  • Michaela Kinberger
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography book series (LNGC)

Abstract

The following chapter discusses the mapping of sacred landscape and ritual space by the example of a pilgrimage route in Lahaul, India. This area is a place of symbolic and ritual significance for Tibetan Buddhists. The popular pilgrimage route around the peak of the holy mountain Drilbu ri transforms the mundane geography of the region into a manala, a cosmic diagram and paradigm of the spiritual structure of the universe.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Verena Widorn
    • 1
  • Michaela Kinberger
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Art HistoryUniversity of ViennaAustria
  2. 2.Department of Geography and Regional ResearchUniversity of ViennaAustria

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