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Charles RAMBLE

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Charles RAMBLE

Professor

Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes

- charles.ramble@orinst.ox.ac.uk

Research Themes

- Social history of Tibetan societies
My research in this field is mainly based on a large corpus of archives from the district of Mustang in Nepal and collected and digitised in the course of fieldwork. My lectures at the EPHE consist in exploring a selection of these texts with the aim of familiarising students and young researchers with specific issues in language, spelling and terminology.

- Bonpo Rituals
My research in this domain largely relies on a compilation of unpublished ritual texts of the Bon religion (890 manuscript folios) and on films of ritual sessions. Each folio has been digitised and edited in Photoshop to facilitate reading ; one third of the text has been transliterated into roman characters and part of the visual documentation (five filmed ceremonies) has been edited.

Major Publications

Works

2008a, The Navel of the Demoness : Tibetan Buddhism and Civil Religion in Highland Nepal. New York : Oxford University Press. (384 pages)

2008b, Tibetan Sources for a Social History of Mustang, Nepal.Volume 2 : the Archives of the Tantric Priests of Tshognam. Halle : International Institute for Tibetan and Buddhist Studies. (646 pages

2012a, Tibetan Sources for a Social History of Mustang, Nepal. Volume 2 : the Archives of the Tantric Priests of Tshognam. Halle : International Institute for Tibetan and Buddhist Studies.

2012b, Tibetan Sources for a Social History of Mustang, Nepal. Volume 3 : the Archive of Baragaon. Halle : International Institute for Tibetan and Buddhist Studies.

Collective Works

2012, (avec Jill Sudbury) This World and the Next : Contributions on Tibetan Religion, Science and Society. Halle (Saale) : IITBS. (271 pages)

Articles

2012a, The State, the ijaradar and the Baragaon peasantry : exploitation and social justice in nineteenth-century Nepal. In T. M. Lewis (ed.) [Mélange en l’honneur de Theodore Riccardi].

2012b, The deer as a structuring principle in certain Bonpo rituals : a comparison of three texts for the acquisition of good fortune (g.yang). In H. Krasser et al. (eds) Cultural Flows across the Western Himalaya. Wien : Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, pp. 541–49.

2012c, (avec Jill Sudbury) Introduction. In C. Ramble et J. Sudbury (éds) This World and the Next : Contributions on Tibetan Religion, Science and Society. Halle (Saale) : IITBS, pp. 7–16.

2010a, The good, the bad and the ugly : the circumscription of saintly evil in Tibetan biography. In Linda Covill, Ulrike Roesler and Sarah Shaw (éds) Lives Lived, Lives Imagined. Boston : Wisdom Publications.

2010b, Playing dice with the devil : a Bonpo soul-retrieval ritual attributed to Kong rtse ’phrul rgyal and its interpretation in Mustang, Nepal. In S. Karmay et D. Rossi (éds) Bon : the Indigenous Source for Tibetan Religion. Special issue of East and West, vol. 59, nos. 1-4, pp. 204–332

2010c, History from below : an introduction to three archival collections from Mustang, Nepal. In H. Diemberger and K. Phuntso (eds) Ancient Treasures, New Discoveries. Halle : International Institute for Tibetan and Buddhist Studies.

2008, A nineteenth-century Bonpo pilgrim in Western Tibet and Nepal : episodes from the life of dKar-ru grub-dbang bsTan-’dzin rin-chen. In Jean-Luc Achard (ed.) Tibetan Studies in Honour of Samten Karmay. Revue d’études tibétaines 15(2), 481-502. (http://digitalhimalaya.com/collections/journals/ret/index.php?selection=14)