[Ads-l] tulpa

Neal Whitman nwhitman at AMERITECH.NET
Mon Oct 24 19:32:38 EDT 2016


One of my new favorite podcasts did an episode on this, which is where I first heard about tulpas (count noun) https://gimletmedia.com/episode/74-making-friends/

> On Oct 24, 2016, at 6:12 PM, Benjamin Barrett <mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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> There is a character known as Slender Man (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slender_Man <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slender_Man>) that came into existence online and grew as others expanded it.
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> According to Patricia Hernandez in her article "For Five Years, One Woman Chronicled Her Boyfriend's Fixation With Slender Man On YouTube” (http://bit.ly/2ehnzCd <http://bit.ly/2ehnzCd>, 24 October 2016), Marissa has created a Blair Witch-esque video project (https://www.youtube.com/user/tulpaeffect/videos) that claims to document her boyfriend’s obsession with Slender Man.
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> This video channel with the series is named “Tulpa Effect”. The first video is July 29, 2011 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YACv8UcpsdY <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YACv8UcpsdY>).
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> According to Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tulpa <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tulpa>), a tulpa is a mystic concept in which spiritual or mental efforts are used to create a living being or an object. Wiktionary (https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/tulpa <https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/tulpa>) extends this to “a modern type of imaginary friend inspired by traditional tulpa”.
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> Both the Wikipedia and Wiktionary pages have both “tulpa” with no article and “a tulpa”.
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> Wikipedia and Wiktionary have Tibetan སྤྲུལ་པ as the source.
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> This word is on in the online Oxford Dictionaries.
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> Benjamin Barrett
> Formerly of Seattle, WA
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