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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Paul, Robert A.
The Tibetan symbolic world: psychoanalytic
Published By: Original publisher
Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 1982. 10, 347 p.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
[by] Robert A. Paul
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2004. Computer File
Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis.
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
Theoretical orientation in research and its results (121);
Traditional history (173);
Chief executive (643);
Spirits and gods (776);
Prayers and sacrifices (782);
Prophets and ascetics (792);
Organized ceremonial (796);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This monograph presents a detailed symbolic analysis of
Sherpa-Tibetan culture interpreted from the standpoint of Freudian psychoanalytic theory,
with particular emphasis on Oedipal conflicts within the society. Central to Paul's
analysis is his thesis '…that political and sacred authority…are always accompanied by
Oedipal symbolism, which is itself concerned directly with the problem of the succession of
generations' (p. 7). The source begins with ethnography of the Sherpas of the Solu-Khumbu
region of eastern Nepal, and an analysis of their social institutions and religious system.
A survey is then made of the great literary monuments of Tibetan culture (e.g., dramas and
epics) taken from various parts of Tibet and from different times. The remainder of the
source is devoted to a study of the institution of theocracy and its transformation through
time (p. 18).
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Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits.
Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs.
Language: Language that the document is written in
Includes bibliographical references The author's
psychoanalytic interpretations have been indexed for Theoretical Orientation (121) plus
Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document
Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data
Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection.
John Beierle ; 1991
Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date).
Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site)
Khumbu region, eastern Nepal
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Sherpa (Nepalese people)