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ILCAA Joint Research Project

Constructing a Theory of Tibetan and Himalayan Pastoral Culture—Based on systematic comparisons of folk vocabulary—

Constructing a Theory of Tibetan and Himalayan Pastoral Culture - Based on systematic comparisons of folk vocabulary -

Keywords

  • Pastoralists
  • Tibet and the Himalaya
  • Folk vocabulary

Areas

  • Tibet
  • Bhutan
  • Ladakh
  • Nepal
  • Arunachal

Website

Dictionary of Tibetan Pastoralism

About the Project

Project term: April, 2020–March, 2023

In two previous joint research projects, the basic traditional livestock cultural systems that had been fostered by pastoralists in Qinghai–Tibet were clarified. Therefore, based on these previous projects, this study focuses on livestock management and rituals, in addition to the use of the five main livestock resources: (i) milk, (ii) hair, (iii) skin, (iv) meat, and (v) dung and expands the vocabulary collection target to the pastoral areas in Tibet and the Himalayas. By mapping the folk vocabulary based on systematic recognition, a model of pastoral cultural theory is to be constructed that allows for regional, systematic comparison of cultures, cultural propagation, and the particular influences of neighboring regions.

Shiho EBIHARA, Project Coordinator (Fellow, ILCAA)

Members

Coordinator

  • Shiho EBIHARA (ILCAA)

ILCAA Staff

  • Izumi HOSHI

Joint Researchers

  • Nantaijia
  • Yusuke BESSHO
  • Masahiro HIRATA
  • Kazuo KANO
  • Keisuke IWATA
  • Laxianjia
  • Junko MIURA
  • Kei NAGAOKA
  • Ai NISHIDA
  • Shunzo ONODA
  • Takayoshi YAMAGUCHI
  • Zhabu

Outputs

Meetings

The 8th meeting Report (Japanese)

  • Date/Time: Sun 22 May 2022 13:00–19:00
  • Venue: ILCAA Large Conference Room (303), Online meeting
  • Language: Japanese
  • Jointly sponsored by Core Project “Linguistic Dynamics Science3 (LingDy3)”, Grant-in-Aid for JSPS Fellows “Geolinguistical and Historical Study on Tibetic Languages with Focuses on Characteristic grammar and Ethnoterminology” (Principal Investigator: Shiho EBIHARA Project Number: 20J40127), Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) “Tibetan Cultural Lexis Database Project” (Principal Investigator: Izumi HOSHI (ILCAA) Project Number: 20H04480)
  • 1. Rikako KIMURA (Tokyo University of Agriculture)
    “Equids of nomadic and transhumant communities in India”
    2. Gazangjie (JSPS, Toyo Bunko)
    “On sky burial funeral service in Tibet”
    3. Akira KAMIMURA (TUFS)
    “Pastoralism in Western Mongolia: Environment, Imigration, Livestock Breeding, and Daily Grazing”
    4. All members
    Discussion
  • The 7th meeting Report (Japanese)

    • Date/Time: Mon 28 Mar 2022 13:00–19:00
    • Venue: ILCAA Large Conference Room (303), Online meeting
    • Language: Japanese
    • Jointly sponsored by Core Project “Linguistic Dynamics Science3 (LingDy3)”, Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) “Tibetan Cultural Lexis Database Project” (Principal Investigator: Izumi Hoshi(ILCAA) Project Number: 20H04480)
    • 1. Takayoshi YAMAGUCHI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kyoto University)
      “Analysis of Distribution of Tradtional Milk Products in Tibet Based on the Chinise Documents”
      2. Keisuke IWATA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Tsukuba University)
      “Nakchu as a Gateway to Tibet from Mongolia during the Qing Period: With Special Reference to Pastoralism”
      3. Shunzo ONODA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Bukkyo University)
      “Tibetan Proverbs and Pastoralistsʼ Sense of Life”
      4. All members
      Discussion

    The 6th meeting Report (Japanese)

    • Date/Time: Sat 11 Dec 2021 13:00–18:30
    • Venue: 304, Online meeting
    • Language: Japanese
    • Jointly sponsored by Core Project “Linguistic Dynamics Science3 (LingDy3)”, Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) “Tibetan Cultural Lexis Database Project” (Principal Investigator: Izumi Hoshi(ILCAA) Project Number: 20H04480)
    • 1. Nantaijia (ILCAA Joint Researcher,Qinghai National University)
      “Transformation from traditional to contemporary pastoralism in the Tibetan Plateau ー Based on the example of Lhakar model in Tsekog”
      2. Yusuke BESSHO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Komazawa University)
      “The Ubiquity of the Suffocation of Slaughtering Method in Tibet and Regional Variations: Focusing on the Relationship of Neighboring Ethnic Groups”
      3. Izumi HOSHI (ILCAA)
      “Interregional comparative study on milk processing based on the Tibeto-Himalayan pastoral and agricultural resources database”
      4. All members
      Discussion

    The 5th meeting Report (Japanese)

    • Date/Time: Mon 9 Aug 2021 13:00–18:00
    • Venue: Online meeting
    • Language: Japanese
    • Jointly sponsored by Core Project “Linguistic Dynamics Science3 (LingDy3)”, Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) “Tibetan Cultural Lexis Database Project” (Principal Investigator: Izumi Hoshi(ILCAA) Project Number: 20H04480)
    • 1. Izumi HOSHI (ILCAA)
      “Making a Collaborative Database with Geography Information on Tibetan and Himalayan Pastoral Culture: With a special emphasis on Photography Database”
      2. Shiho EBIHARA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, JSPS/Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
      “Regional Comparison and Geographical Distribution of Fuel Utilization in the Tibet Himalayan Region”
      3. All members
      “Provision of Information on Fuel Utilization in the Tibetan and Himalayan Region”
      4. Masahiro HIRATA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine)
      “Regional Comparison of Systematical Milk Culture (Milk Processing System) ーa study on the spread and transition of culture in the case of the Tibet Himalayan Regionー”
      5. All members
      “Provision of information on Milk Culture (Milk Processing System) in the Tibetan and Himalayan Region

    The 4th meeting Report (Japanese)

    • Date/Time: Sun 23 May 2021 13:00–16:00
    • Venue: Online meeting
    • Language: Japanese
    • Jointly sponsored by Core Project “Linguistic Dynamics Science3 (LingDy3)”, Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) “Tibetan Cultural Lexis Database Project” (Principal Investigator: Izumi Hoshi(ILCAA) Project Number: 20H04480)
    • 1. Shiho EBIHARA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, JSPS/TUFS)
      “About publication of research results of this project”
      2. Izumi HOSHI (ILCAA)
      “Towards elucidation of multiplicity and multilayeredness of Tibeto-Himalayan cultural lexis: An “example-collection-by-all” approach”
      3. Keisuke IWATA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Tsukuba University)
      “Connection between literal sources and field research on Tibetan pastoral culture”
      4. All participants
      Workshop “example-collection-by-all”

    The 3rd meeting Report (Japanese)

    • Date/Time: Sat 27 Mar 2021 11:00–17:30,Sun 28 Mar 2021 9:30–13:00
    • Venue: ILCAA Multimedia Conference Room (304)
    • Language: Japanese
    • Organized by Core Project “Linguistic Dynamics Science3 (LingDy3)”
    • 27 Mar
    • 1. All participants
      Preparation and discussion before the meeting
      2. Takemitsu MORITA (The Anthropological Institute)
      “Unexplored Himalaya——A documentary film of academic survey team heading to north-western Himalaya (1958)”
      3. Kaori INABA (Nepal Explorer)
      “Enchanted by Western Nepal Frontier”
      4. All participants
      Discussion
    • 28 Mar
    • 1. Screening of “A day of Tibetan pastoralists”
      2. Zhang Pingping (The University of Kitakyushu)
      “Comparison of fuel utilization in various Tibetan areas”
      3. All participants
      Discussion

    The 2nd meeting Report (Japanese)

    • Date/Time: Sat 25 Jul 2020 13:00–17:00,Sun 26 Jul 2020 9:00–12:00
    • Venue: Online meeting
    • Language: Japanese
    • Organized by Core Project “Linguistic Dynamics Science3 (LingDy3)”
    • 25 Jul
    • 1. Shunzo ONODA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Bukkyo University)
      “On and around the fast-ritual in Tibet”
      2. Yusuke BESSHO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Komazawa University)
      “A Preliminary Field Study of the Religio-Cultural Vocabulary in the Himalayan region of Nepal”
      3. Shiho EBIHARA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, JSPS/TUFS)
      “Toward the Systematic Comparisons of Expressions for Livestock”
      4. Izumi HOSHI (ILCAA)
      “Introduction to Lha-byams-rgyal's《'Jam: An Ethnography of M village》: Featuring its Literary and Encyclopedic Approach”
      5. All participants
      Discussion
    • 26 Jul
    • 1. Kei NAGAOKA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, JSPS/Kansai University)
      “Himalayan alpine plant usage and folk names in the everyday life”
      2. All participants
      Discussion for Ideas of Systematic Comparisons

    The 1st meeting Report (Japanese)

    • Date/Time: Sun 31 May 2020 13:00–17:00
    • Venue: Online meeting via Zoom
    • Organized by Core Project “Linguistic Dynamics Science3 (LingDy3)”
    • 1. Shiho EBIHARA (ILCAA Fellow, JSPS/Tokyo Universiy of Foreign Studies)
      “Introduction of this Joint Research Project”
      2. Izumi HOSHI (ILCAA)
      “Introduction to Dictionary of Tibetan Pastoralism: From the perspective of building a new vocabulary questionnaire on pastoralism in Himalayas and Tibet”
      3. Masahiro HIRATA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine)
      “Questionnaire for systematic understanding of milk culture (milk processing system)” , “Objectives and challenges for the 3rd period of Tibetan Pastoralism study”
      4. All participants
      Self-Introduction
      5. All participants
      Discussion about the Research Plan

    Related events

    FIELDPLUS Talk Show on line “Tibetan Food from Historical and Synchronic Points of View”
    [open]

    • Date/Time: Fri 12 Feb 202118:30–19:30
    • Venue: Online meeting
    • Language: Japanese
    • Admission: Free
    • Jointly Sponsored by ILCAA Joint Research Project “Constructing a Theory of Tibetan and Himalayan Pastoral Culture—Based on systematic comparisons of folk vocabulary—”, Editorial department of FIELDPLUS
    • 18:30-19:30
      FIELDPLUS Talk Show on line “Tibetan Food from Historical and Synchronic Points of View” in FIELDPLUS No. 25
      Shiho EBIHARA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, JSPS/TUFS)
      “Food of Tibetan Pastoralists and its Change”
      Masahiro HIRATA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine)
      “Traveling Amdo Tibet Searching for Milk: The Case Study of Milk Processing System in the Eastern Part of Qinghai”

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