Adding A Robust Cultural Component in Elementary Tibetan

Two types of students tend to enroll in the Elementary Tibetan course: those with a strong interest in Tibetan culture and those with a strong interest in Tibetan linguistics. During this fellowship I have created several modules that introduce cultural material in a mixed English and Tibetan format in an effort to meet the expectations of both types of students. At this presentation I will demonstrate the module about Tibetan astrology, which includes new vocabulary and idioms related to the 12-year cycle, personality types, and directed research into Tibetan horoscopes, geomancy, and related folk culture.

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