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Conter avec des images. L’exemple des buchen de la Vallée des Nuages au Spiti (Himalaya occidental indien)

Abstract : In Spiti, in the Pin Valley, are men called buchen (literally “great sons”), who practice their art in the margins of the Buddhist clergy and follow the teachings of the great Tibetan yogi Thangtong Gyalpo (1361–1485?). Like this “Crazy saint” who made use of paradoxes, excesses and laughs, they provide lessons that are both deep and accessible to all. These lay actors and religious storytellers go from village to village, telling enlightening stories and presenting their audience with painted scrolls, which are used both to support their storytelling but also as a memory aid. In this article, we will begin by describing one of these painted scrolls, episode after episode, scene after scene, with the support of the text illustrated by the scroll, and by comparing it with other paintings that relate the same story. We will then retrace one of the teaching sessions led by buchen, describing both their narrative style and the attitude of their audience.
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Pascale Dollfus. Conter avec des images. L’exemple des buchen de la Vallée des Nuages au Spiti (Himalaya occidental indien). François Jacquesson et Vincent Durand-Dastès. Narrativité Comment les images racontent des histoires, Presses de l'Inalco, pp.139-190, 2022, Collection TransAireS, 9782858314034. ⟨hal-03853786⟩



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