The Nomadic Sacrifice



The Chöd Pilgrimage among the Bönpo of Dolpo (Western Nepal)

by Martino Nicoletti

Paperback includes DVD, 143 pages

Black-and-white photographs

Height: 8 ⅜” x Width: 10 ⅛” x Depth: ¼”, Weight: 13 ounces


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In the heart of the Himalayas, officiants belonging to Tibet’s ancient religion, Bön, undertake a long ritual pilgrimage through wild and inhospitable places inhabited by mountain deities, water genii, ferocious demons and dangerous ghosts.

As the pilgrimage unfolds, having attracted the spirits’ attention with wildly provocative acts and evoking their presence by reciting a ritual text and the sound of magical musical instruments, the practitioners celebrate the meditative sacrifice of their own body (chöd), offered to a whole host of invisible beings as spiritual nourishment during a singular ritual banquet.