Tibet Before and After Buddhism
Jeffrey L. Richey, Ph.D.
Religions of India and Tibet
TIBETAN RELIGION BEFORE THE 7TH CENTURY CE
Cult of divine king:
Descendant of celestial beings who reach earth via “sky rope”
Perennially reborn essence of royal ancestors
Giver of law ( = cosmic order)
Priestly class (also regarded as incarnations of predecessors):
Bon (“reciters”) – preside over coronations, funerals, sacrifices
Shen – shamans who communicate with spirit world..