Bringing the Dancing Demons Back to Life: Mongolian Tsam Rituals in the 21st Century

Ariana N. Pedigo (Western Kentucky University)

Buddhism was the primary form of religious practice in Mongolia until the Soviet Union takeover in the 1930s, during which there was an unsuccessful attempt to eradicate Buddhism. In the 1990s, surviving elders from the Buddhist religion in Mongolia began to resurrect those traditions. One of these traditions was the ceremonial Tsam (masked dance) performances. This paper focus on the current and past efforts to revive the tsam ceremonies.

Part of 34-05 Politics, Ethnicity, and Nation in Religious Ritual and Storytelling, Wednesday, October 20, 2:15 pm–3:45 pm