Friendly Feudalism: The Tibet Myth

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Friendly Feudalism: The Tibet Myth by Dr. Michael Parenti (01.02.07)
"We can advocate religious freedom and independence for a new Tibet without having to embrace the mythology about old Tibet. Tibetan feudalism was cloaked in Buddhism, but the two are not to be equated. In reality, old Tibet was not a Paradise Lost. It was a retrograde repressive theocracy of extreme privilege and poverty, a long way from Shangri-La."

For the long and very informative article:

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A blast from the past: Lamaism

Lamaism is far from being the serene religion it evolved into after losing all political power. Ancient Tibet was plunged into a living nightmare by the feudal theocracy. Tibet's Bon Traditions were wiped out violently and the country was ruled by the lamas, who 'redefined' Tibetan Identity. Every year, during Monlam Chenmo (the Great Prayer), monks from the three surrounding monasteries would pour into Lhasa to rape and plunder the terrified citizens, who hadn't managed to flee in terror. The exceptional spread of syphilis that the Chinese invaders propagated later on was partly due to the sexual perversions of "celibate" monks.

Kali_mon | Tue, 04/06/2010 - 21:58