A Topographic Event: A Buddhist Lama's Perception of a Pilgrimage Cave

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This article discusses a Buddhist lama's perception of a cave, situated in Maratika in the eastern part of Nepal, which is a pilgrimage site to both Hindus and Buddhists. In the Buddhist perspective, Maratika is believed to be the location where the mythological hero Padmasambhava achieved immortality and where he left various traces in the landscape, such as footprints in rocks. Mythology and geography thus intersect in Maratika, whereby myth is spatialized and landscape is temporalized. Through a description of a series of events, in which a specific, newly discovered trace was an object of joint attention between the lama, Karma Wangchuk, and myself, the article illustrates how the perception of the landscape is a mediation between dripstone formations on the walls of the cave and the mythology of Padmasambhava.

Keywords: BUDDHISM; JOINT ATTENTION; LANDSCAPE; MYTHOLOGY; PATTERNS; PERCEPTION; PILGRIMAGE SITE

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3167/sa.2010.540304

Publication date: December 1, 2010

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