Monday, March 20, 2006

Interesting Footage from Dharamsala

I found this through Google Video and thought I would post it here, using a little bit of HTML that I've been trying to learn how to use. The footage originally from Englightened Films. Let me know if it doesn't work.



What's perhaps more interesting than the footage itself are the captions included on the bottom and the underlying assumptions revealed there about cultural identity. Dibyesh Anand (2000) asserts that only after China came into Tibet did the Dalai Lama come to represent all of Tibet. Granted, today the effective symbolism is that the Dalai Lama represents the whole country, but I wonder how that came to be so widely accepted among Tibetans and whether there was any resistance as the process of establishing the Dalai Lama's symbolic identity unfolded.

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