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Buddhists, Shamans, and SovietsRituals of History in Post-Soviet Buryatia$
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Justine Buck Quijada

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190916794

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190916794.001.0001

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Etigelov at Maidari

Etigelov at Maidari

The Once and Future Buddhist

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(p.111) 4 Etigelov at Maidari
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Buddhists, Shamans, and Soviets
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Justine Buck Quijada

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190916794.003.0005

Chapter 4 describes the summer festival of Maidari, the festival for the Maitreya Buddha held at the Ivolginsky monastery and an opportunity for pilgrims to worship the miraculously preserved body of Dashi-Dorzho Etigelov. Both Etigelov and Maitreya are bodhisattvas who return, bringing enlightenment. The history of Buryatia produced through this genre is a Tibetan Buddhist history with a recursive chronotope. Told as a history of bodies, this history recounts the stories of Etigelov’s life, death, and return; Lenin’s preservation; Soviet medicine; and the effects of these on post-Soviet Buryat bodies. While Maitreya will return in the future, Etigelov has already returned, bringing healing by producing a recursive chronotope, in which the Soviet experience is encompassed by a Buddhist history within which science and scholarship are shown to have been always, already Buddhist and Buryat.

Keywords:   bio-medicine, Soviet science, Tukdam, Itigelov, Maitreya, Tibetan Buddhism, Lenin, healing, pilgrimage

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