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This program’s general goal – to map the King Gesar epic’s “therapeutic geographies” as a way of studying the intersections between religion and medicine in Inner Asia – is organized around three intertwined research objectives. We plan (1) to examine episodes in this vast epic tradition that depict healing acts or geographic sites that provide healing power; (2) to explore how “Gesar-inflected” healing has spread beyond the epic to ritual literature and practice; and (3) to analyze these geographic, narrative and scholarly sites of healing knowledge, practice and power with the use of an integrated set of digital maps and tools. This project is driven by an international research partnership linking scholars and students at the University of Toronto, the University of Virginia, Cardiff University in the UK, and Qinghai Nationalities University in China. The Principal Investigator is Frances Garrett.

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