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As part of its development efforts in the West, the Chinese government has encouraged Tibetan herders to become market-oriented, rational economic actors who strive to maximize their livestock off-take rate. In response to the increasing slaughter rate, Tibetan religious leaders have asked Tibetan herders to take oaths to not sell livestock to the market. Exploring these teachings and their implementation in one village in Sichuan, we argue that the slaughter renunciation movement is the product of the encounter between the protocols of secular capitalist development and those of Tibetan Buddhism, in which contemporary Tibetan religious authorities seek ways to reverse...

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