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Cultural Anthropology - Field Work

Details of Field Works

I have been on two expeditions to the Himalayas and North India both carrying interests for Buddhist research and Cultural Anthropology and I have also studied some of the oasis in the Sahara.

My first journey took me through Kashmir, Ladakh (Western Tibet), and North India in 1995.
My second journey took me to Tunisia (Northern Africa) to the Chott el Jerid in in 1996.
My third journey took me to Ladakh & Zanskar (Western Tibet) again and to Nepal in 1998.
Documentation
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Please check out the details of

Field Work 1.

North-India

North-India

Field Work 2.

Ladakh

Tibet

Field Work 3.

Nepal

Nepal

Field Work 4.

Tunisia

Tunisia

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Documentation

My research involved documentation (film and photo) of a number of Hindu and Buddhist topics such as:

    Ladakh & Zanskar & Lahaul and Spiti (Tibet)

- Tibetan Buddhist monasteries

- Buddhist tantric ceremonies (Mahăkăla puja, fire ritual, etc.)

- Tibetan Buddhist Festivals - The festivities at Shashur (Mask-dance (cham))

- Festivals in Ladakh (folk dances and costumes of Ladakh)

- Everyday life of a ladakhi family

    Kathmandu-valley (Nepal)

- Kathmandu - The holy city on the top of the world

- Animal Sacrifices for the God of Death [Kathmandu & Daksinkăli]

- Ascetics and hermits – sădhu tantric practices

- The burning of the dead in Pashupatinathban [Nepal]

Documented Hindu tantric forms:
Asceticism:
- Ascetics (sadhus)
- Ascetic practices (yoga, tapasya)
- Fire-keeper ascetic (dhúni-wálá)
- The home of a Saiva ascetic (kuti)
Magic:
- Gatekeeper-gods & protective signs
Ritual:
- Various rituals & offerings  
- The burning of the dead
- Vedic fire-ritual
- Offerings (Vedic offering)
- Preparation of food-mandala
- Offerings to the gods (puja)
Fertility cults:
- Phallic worship (lingam-cult)
- Full Moon Animal Sacrifice
- Káli Shrine – Animal Sacrifices
Animist items:
- Holy Monkeys
- Holy Cows
- Snake-charming
Documented Buddhist tantric forms:
Magic:
- Evocation – masked lama-dance (Csham)
- Banishing (Mahákála puja (2.))
- The preparation of prayer-flags
- Various prayer-wheels and prayer-stones (mani-walls)
- The use of magic syllables (mantra)
Ritual:
- Various rituals (drumming, singing, dancing, etc.)
- Ritual offerings (Mahákála puja (1.))
- Butter-sculptures (torma)
- The creation of a sand-mandala
Fertility cults:
- Phallic worship
- Fertility fire-offerings
Animist items:
 - Bone heaps (obo), chortens and stupas
- Mummies – mummification
- Ghost- and Demon-traps
- Shamanic elements (Worship of trees, fountains, etc.)

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of the INDIA '95 and TANTRA '98 Expeditions

Presentations and Lectures:

INDIA'95 :

"INDIA" - University of Economics, Budapest [Autumn, 1997]
ELTE University, Cultural Anthropology Department [19/11/1996]
The Gate of Dharma Buddhist College [Autumn, 1995]
Tibet Support Group [Spring, 1995]

TANTRA'98 :

Vista Coffee House [30/08/2000]
Cultural Anthropology Society [Szimbiózis Club, (12/03/1999)]
World Music Club [MOM (18/03/1999)]
Central European University (CEU)  ["Conference on Tibet", (07/03/1999)]
Institute for Pedagogy [18/12/1998]
Szabó Ervin Library [09/12/1998]
Danubius Language School [20/11/1998]
Tibet Support Group [31/10/1998]
The Gate of Dharma Buddhist College [21/10/1998]
ELTE University, Cultural Anthropology Department [09/10/1998]

Radio Interviews:

INDIA'95 :

Tantrism” - [Gábor Csonka Radio Fix – (Spring 1997)].
India '95” - [Radio Civil – (Autumn 1996)].
Northern India” - [Gábor Csonka Radio Fix– (Spring1996)].
Ladakh” - [Botond Szatmári Radio Tilos– The Midnight Yeti Program (Spring 1996)].

TANTRA'98 :

Indian Ascetism” - [Kriszta Tűz Radio Fix - Dongó Program (07/03/1999)].
The Magic of Tibetan Sounds” - [Tamás Paulinyí Radio Civil – Szintézis Program (Winter 1998)].
TANTRA '98” - [Kriszta Tűz Radio Fix - Dongó Program (Autumn 1998)].
TANTRA '98” - [Tibor Jankovics Radio Tilos – The Midnight Yeti Program (Autumn 1998)].

Exhibitions:

Tibetan Photo Exhibition - Museum of Applied Arts (photos by Botond Szatmári  and Tibor Jankovich) [09/03/1999 - 21/03/1999]
The Culture of Tibet (Ethnographic Exhibition) – Pest Center Gallery (collection by Botond Szatmári and Tibor Jankovich) [12/03/1999 - 02/04/1999]

Films:

The TANTRA '98 Exhibition – for Duna TV (Miklós Szederkényi) – no response

Available in Hungarian:

Articles and Publications:

Daniel Tarr : Amritsar - The Golden Temple and the Nectar Lake . - [« read it ]
Daniel Tarr : Benares - The City of Ascetics . [Magyar Hírlap - Világszám 2. (1997 April)] - [« read it ]
Tarr Dániel : Indiai drog '95 . (Indian Drug '95) . [Törökfürdő 1996/1 & Magyar Narancs VIII/28, 1996/06/11] - [« read it ]
Tarr Dániel : Kashmir - War in the Himalayas . (Kashmir '95). - [« read it ]
Daniel Tarr : Khajuraho - Sex temples of India - [Magyar Hírlap - Világszám 1. (1997 March)] - [« read it ]
Daniel Tarr : Ladakh - The Last Shangri-la . - [« read it ]
Daniel Tarr : Manali - The World of Cannabis . - [« read it ]
Kriszta Tűz : Tibet and Nepal . [QG Magazin (03/1999)]

Academic papers:

Tarr Bence: Az amritszári Adi Grantha kultusza . (The Cult of the Adi Grantha in Amritsar) [ELTE CAD BA Thesis, 1998.] - [(MS Word) « read it ]
Tarr Bence : A Nyingma Kialakulása . (The Origins of Nyingma). [1999] {GDBC Buddhist Tantra course notes} - [(MS Word) « read it ]
Tarr Bence : Ladakh - a körülmények hatalma . (Ladakh - The Power of Circumstance) [ELTE CAD, 1996.] - [(MS Word) « read it ]
Tarr Bence: Amritsar - A Nektár-tó . (Amritsar - The Nectar Lake) [ELTE CAD, 1996.] - [(MS Word) « read it ]
Tarr Bence : Murti - Az idolátria valódi formája . (Murti - The true form of idolatry) [ELTE CAD, 1996.] - [(MS Word) « read it ]
Jonathan Parry : Az Aghori Aszkéták . (The Aghori Ascetics) . [Autumn 1996] {ELTE CAD} - [(MS Word) « read it ]
Tarr Dániel : Csenrézi . (Chenrezig). [Spring 1996] {ELTE CAD} – [MTA Etno-regional Research Centre, Workbook 10., 1996] - [(MS Word) « read it ]
Tarr Dániel : Siva Kultusza . (The Cult of Siva) . (ELTE CAD MA Thesis) [Spring 1999] - [(MS Word) « read it ]
Tarr Dániel : A Hindu Tantra követői és gyakorlata . (The followers and practices of Hindu Tantra) . (GDBC MA Thesis) [Spring 1997] - {Library of the Museum of Ethnography (1997)} - [(MS Word) « read it ]
Daniel Tarr : Hindu Tantra [Schoolbook of the GDBC, 1996.]
Tarr Dániel : Indiai Aszketizmus . (Indian Asceticism) . [Spring 1998] {ELTE CAD BA} - [(MS Word) « read it ]
Daniel Tarr : Indian Ascetics (Exhibition Plan Outline) [ELTE CAD Museology, 1998.] - [« read it ] (offline version only)
Tarr Dániel : Az indiai kasztrendszer . (The Indian Cast System) [Autumn 1997] {ELTE CAD} - [(MS Word) « read it ]
Tarr Dániel : Indiai drog '95 . (Indian Drug '95) [Autumn 1995] {ELTE CAD} - [(MS Word) « read it ]
Tarr Dániel : Kashmir '95 . (Kashmir '95) [Autumn 1995] {ELTE CAD} - [(MS Word) « read it ]
Tarr Dániel : Manali '95 . (Manali '95) [Spring 1996] {ELTE CAD} - [MS Word) « read it ]

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