[Marxism] Angry Monk
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Wed Feb 28 12:53:10 MST 2007
Very useful -- especially, as you say, the "comments of journalist Jamyang Norbu, who derided the Western obsession with Tibetan spirituality."
P.S. re those remarks: I believe the inaudible name is probably Prester John. I mention this as the latter is a significant figure in early Orientalist mythology. Q: How does the West see Tibet?
A: I think, primarily the West sees Tibet, to some extent, as a fantasy land, as a Shangri La. Of course, this is a kind of stereotype that has existed in the Western kind of perception for a very long time, even before the movie Lost Horizon, the movie was made. Initially, the perception came from ideas of medieval Europe that they had of
(inaudible), the Christian king who lived behind the mountains of Gog and Magog, and who would come maybe to make the whole of Asia a Christian country.
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