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Exploring Different Perspectives on Nyatri Tsenpo and The Bugyel Period

Exploring Different Perspectives on Nyatri Tsenpo and The Bugyel Period
Saturday, August 28, 2010

Traditional Tibetan histories often treat Nyatri Tsenpo not only as the first king who unified the minor kingdoms of the Tibetan plateau in 127 BC, but also as an epic figure of mythopoeic origin. Our understanding of this king is thus intertwined with mythic deification and embellishment. Old sources including Dunhuang documents (The Royal Genealogy, The Old Tibetan Chronicle) and extant inscriptions tend to serve as the primary clues into the history of the pre-Nyatri Tsenpo and subsequent Bugyel periods. Later historiographers and academics have offered new discourses and perspectives on the administration of Nyatri Tsanpo as well as the socio-political climate of the Bugyel Period. Scholar Yangmotso makes use of both early and recent historiographies to generate a clearer, more nuanced understanding of these entities in pre-imperial Tibet.


Minzu University of China
doctoral candidate

Yangmotso is a doctoral student at the Central Nationalities University in Beijing. Her research focuses on the history of pre-imperial Tibet. Her publications include articles on Tibetan language, and her own literary works. Yangmotso has won numerous student awards, including Trace Foundation’s “Excellent Graduate Student” Award in 2006. She is currently a visiting scholar at the University of Virginia.


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