Introduction

Tibetan texts concerning laws and legal practices are listed on this web-site.

The texts date primarily from Tibet’s medieval period, between the end of the early empire and the formation of the Dalai Lamas’ Ganden Podrang government.

THE TEXTS include summaries of these documents, their contexts, and source references, together with transliterations and translations of the most relevant passages.

THE BLOG posts contain some analyses of these texts, considered in their social and political contexts, together with thoughts on Tibetan law in general.

This site is the product of an AHRC-funded project, Legal Ideology in Tibet: Politics, Practice, and Religion.

The drum of the law: symbol of shamanic power, warfare, or justice?

Posted on: Tue, 07/24/2018 - 09:20 By: Fernanda Pirie

A curious reference to a khrims rnga, a drum of the law, appears in the rLangs kyi po ti bse ru rgyas pa. This semi-mythical genealogy of the rLangs clan was probably compiled in the late fourteenth century, quite possibly from earlier sources. In an early section, the sage Jangchub Drékol (Byang chub ’dre bkol) (c. 11th century) travels to eastern Tibet in search of his destined disciples. There he meets Ling Gesar, who gives the him various gifts. These include, [p. 46]: