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Bön (a word meaning "invocation" from the Old Tibetan language) is an ancient indigenous polytheistic religion of Tibet that originated in c. 16,000 BCE and was revised (with significant Buddhist influence) and renewed in c. 1,300 CE by Tonpa Shenrab Miwoche as "New Bön."  As a prominent part of Tibetan culture, until the gradual adoption of Buddhism which mostly became prevelant in c. 600 CE, it was practiced almost exclusively throughout Tibet.

Deities:   Supernatural agents:   Beliefs:   Traditions:
  • Yum, the mother goddess
  • Lha, the god
  • Sipa, the procreator god
  • Tönpa, the teacher
  • Good spirits
  • Evil spirits
  • Nature is pervaded by good and evil spirits
  • Zhang Zhung (a mythical place near Tibet)
  • Meditation

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