Guest Editors: Carole McGranahan (University of Colorado) and Ralph Litzinger (Duke University)
From the Introduction -
"Tibet has no history of self-immolation as sacrifice, religious offering, or political protest. Yet, in the last year alone, roughly thirty-five Tibetans have set themselves on fire. The overwhelming majority of self-immolators are inside Tibet, in the People’s Republic of China, and almost exclusively in northwestern Sichuan and southeastern Qinghai provinces (corresponding to the Tibetan regions of northern Kham and southern Amdo). In this Cultural Anthropology Hot Spot, we collectively ask why. Why are so many Tibetans resorting to the singular act of setting the body on fire? What combination of cultural, historical, political, and/or religious reasons inspire these acts?"
This Hot Spot features essays, images, videos, maps, and statistics on the self-immolations in Tibet, as well as a compendium of commentary and news articles.