|BUDDHA´S MOUNTAIN DESERT|
|Peter van Ham • Aglaja Stirn
BUDDHA´S MOUNTAIN DESERT
The Secret Tibetan Realm in the Himalayas
Kinnaur - Spiti - Lahaul - Changthang - Nubra
The book to the TV-documentary of the same name
ADEVA Publishers, Graz, Austria 1999.
192 pages, 216 color photographs, 7 b/ws, 1 map, Format 23,5 x 31 cms hardbound with dustwrap. Foreword by the Venerable Lochen Tulku
ISBN 3 301 01720 5
Price: Euro 56, USD 60
In German language
|This is the only comprehensive pictorial text book on the foremost forbidden Indo-Tibetan borderlands worldwide - a must for all people intending to travel there.
"Towards the turn of the millenium the number of white spots on the maps of the world has become vanishingly small. Also the days of discovery of important places of great human heritage seem to be quite counted. Yet certain political circumstances in some sensitive border-regions have caused these areas to remain inaccessible till the present day. Just the mere exploration of such last hidden areas is a real challenge and such an expansion of the human knowledge a fascinating task. Yet if it happens, that just these regions turn out to be such great testimonies of human cultural performance, such discoveries may be called sensational in times like ours.
"For 40 years the fascinating territories of Kinnaur, Spiti, Lahaul, Changthang and Nubra, all located close to the Tibetan border in heights between 3000 and 5000 meters above sealevel, were inaccessible to any foreigner. In five years of research Peter van Ham has explored these foremost sealed off Himalayan regions since 1993 and encountered unique testimonies of early Indo-Tibetan culture and art and a variety of archaic rituals, religious practises and customs of the daily life, extinct in other parts of the world. His comprehensive documentation was possible only through the personal recommendations of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, and the support of the Archaeological Survey of India.
"By means of an in-depth yet easily understandable text and 220 mostly large-formatted colour photographs the authors introduce the reader to the peculiar world of Western Himalayan Tibetan Buddhism, they document the archaic animistic religions and their spectacular practises, they describe landscapes ranging among the world´s most magnificent ones and get us acquainted with the remarkable people inhabiting this unknown realm.
from the back in the fading light
• The monasteries of Tabo, Lhalung, Kye, Nako and Charang and their formidable artistic interiors
• Picture and text documentation of the ritual of "Breaking the Stone" performed by the Buchen Lamas of Pin Valley
• Photographs and descriptions of the most ancient illuminated book of Tibetan history: The Prajnaparamita script of Pooh
• A pictorial history of the Great Lotsava Rinchen Zangpo
• A traditional doctor (amchi) practising Tibetan medicine in Spiti
• The 8th century stone carvings of Lahaul
• Tso Moriri Lake of Rupshu
• The first photographic documentation of Nubra Valley
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BY CLICKING ON THE LEFT LINK ("Western Himalayas").