Just published: Matt King & Pamela Klassen, “Suppressing the Mad Elephant: Missionaries, Lamas, and the Mediation of Sacred Historiographies in the Tibetan Borderlands”

This article was a lot of fun to write, and we hope it is enjoyable to read. Matt King, a scholar of Tibetan and Mongolian Buddhism, asked me one day if I could help him to figure out the identity of a mysterious man from “Eng-a-leng” who appears in an account of an 1889 meeting between a Tibetan Lama and a Christian missionary transcribed by a Mongolian monk in the early twentieth century. The results of our detective work are here, in the journal History and Anthropology.