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- DescriptionScarcely has a region captured popular imagination as has Tibet. In the past century, the Western view of Tibet evolved from backward shamanistic theocracy, to exotic Shangri-la promising immortality, to an enlightened society w ravaged by outside aggression. Where did such ideas come from and why did they change? Imagining Tibet represents the first comprehensive attempt to explore such portrayals of Tibet in their aesthetic. intellectual and spiritual dimensions. It traces the earliest roots of these images in the writings of explorers and missionaries, progressing through the depictions emploed by Theosophists and scholars, uo to contemporary vies of political activists and Buddhist practitioners. Ever since European power encroached on the foothills of the Himalays, Tibet has excited the Western imagination. This important book should be read by everyone interested in the origin and subtext of such fascination and imagery. - Tsering Shakya, author of The Dragon in the Land of the Sws: A History of Modern Tibet Since 1947.
- Author BiographyThierry Dodin is a Tibetologist who has taught at the University of Bonn and recently served as director of the Tibet Information Network in London. Heinz Raether works as a Tibetologist at the Universities of Ulm. He lives in Dusseldorf, Germany.
- PublisherWisdom Publications,U.S.
- Date of Publication01/09/2001
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationSomerville
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintWisdom Publications,U.S.
- Out-of-print date24/01/2012
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Weight649 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine24 mm
- Edited byHeinz Rather,Thierry Dodin
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