Mongolia's Monastery Massacres: "The Green-Eyed Lama"

Lecture | September 23 | 5 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Oyungerel Tsedevdamba; Jeffrey L. Falt

 Brian Baumann, UC Berkeley

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Center for Buddhist Studies

"The Green-Eyed Lama" (2008) is an award-winning and best-selling novel written by Oyungerel Tsedevdamba and Jeff Falt. Originally published in Mongolian, the book chronicles the romance between Sendmaa, a young belle in the countryside, and Baasan, a monk in the lamasery, as they try to cope with the turmoil of political purges, terrible massacres and mass executions of thousands of innocent lamas and laymen in early 20th century Mongolia.

The novel is the first part the Guardian saga, which tells the story of a community in the northern border area of Mongolia. The second part, "Sixty White Sheep" (Жаран цагаан хонь), was published in 2017 (in Mongolian). Two more books are in the research stage.

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