Tigers of the Snow and Other Virtual Sherpas: An Ethnography of Himalayan Encounters

Princeton University Press, 1996 - 304 頁

Sherpas are portrayed by Westerners as heroic mountain guides, or "tigers of the snow," as Buddhist adepts, and as a people in touch with intimate ways of life that seem no longer available in the Western world. In this book, Vincanne Adams explores how attempts to characterize an "authentic" Sherpa are complicated by Western fascination with Sherpas and by the Sherpas' desires to live up to Western portrayals of them. Noting that diplomatic aides at world summit meetings go by the name "Sherpa," as do a van in the U.K. built for rough terrain and a software product from Silicon Valley, Adams examines the "authenticating" effects of this mobile signifier on a community of Himalayan Sherpas who live at the base of Mount Everest, Nepal, and its "deauthenticating" effects on anthropological representation.

This book speaks not only to anthropologists concerned with ethnographic portrayals of Otherness but also to those working in cultural studies who are concerned with ethnographically grounded analyses of representations. Throughout Adams illustrates how one might undertake an ethnography of transnationally produced subjects by using the notion of "virtual" identities. In a manner informed by both Buddhism and shamanism, virtual Sherpas are always both real and distilled reflections of the desires that produce them.


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Sherpas in Mirrors
Making Modern Sherpas
Buddhist Sherpas as Others
The Intimacy of Shamanic Sherpas
Seduction and Simulative Power in the Himalayas Staying Sherpa
Virtual Sherpas in Circulation
Khentse Rinpoche Lecture Tengboche 1987
Excerpts from The Stages of Repelling Demons Based on the Heart Sutra the Summary of the Vast Intermediate and Condensed Mothers
Musings on Textuality and Truth
Glossary of Sherpa Terms

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第 19 頁 - Weber's formulation of the marginalizing vision of castration, then colonial mimicry is the desire for a reformed, recognizable Other, as a subject of a difference that is almost the same, but not quite.
第 18 頁 - If appropriation is the counterpart of disclosure, then the role of subjectivity must not be described in terms of projection. I should prefer to say that the reader understands himself in front of the text, in front of the world of the work. To understand oneself in front of a text is quite the contrary of projecting oneself and one's own beliefs and prejudices; it is to let the work and its world enlarge the horizon of the understanding which I have of myself. [. . .] Thus the hermeneutical circle...
第 18 頁 - ... work. Indeed we may say that the Aristotelian concept of mimesis already encompasses all of the paradoxes of reference. On the one hand, it expresses a world of human actions which is already there; tragedy is destined to express human reality, to express the tragedy of life. But on the other hand, mimesis does not mean the duplication of reality; mimesis is not a copy: mimesis is poiesis, that is, construction, creation. Aristotle gives at least two indications of this creative dimension of...

關於作者 (1996)

Vincanne Adams is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Princeton University.