Women in Tibet
Author: Janet Gyatso and Hanna Havnevik
This specially commissioned volume explores the struggles and accomplishments of women from both past and present-day Tibet. Here are queens fro, the imperial period, yoginis and religious teachers of medieval times, Buddhist nuns, oracles, political workers, medical doctors, and performing artists. Most of the chapters focus on the lives of individual women, whether from textual sources or from anthropological data, and show that Tibetan women have found ways to assume leadership roles and to explore educational opportunities in a variety of contexts. The book os innovative in resisting both romanticization and hypercriticism of womens status in Tibetan society, attending rather to historical description and to the questions of what is distinctive about their situations in Tibet, and what is common to both men and women in Tibetan society.