La demarcazione religiosa del territorio nel Bhutan

Pietro Scarduelli

Abstract


This paper deals with the symbolic organization of space in the traditional Bhutanese society on the background of the Buddhist religion. The author argues that there are different semantic networks whose ‘knots’ are monasteries, temples, stupa (mound-like structures containing Buddhist relics) and holy places. Every network consists of a specific kind of buildings or places, has both a peculiar symbolic meaning and a relationship with a facet of the religious system: theocracy, cosmology, ancestors cult. 


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Himalayan anthropology; Bhutan ethnology; symbolic organization of space; Buddhism.

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