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From the Trade Paperback edition.
From its stories of the first explorers to penetrate the mountain valleys at the roof of the world to its poignant descriptions of a Buddhist universe slipping toward extinction, Barbara Crossette's book brings vividly to life these exotic kingdoms of the Himalayas. 16 photos. 1 map.
1. And Then There Was One
2. The Druk Gyalpo
3. Becoming Buddha
4. Before Tibet, There Was Bon
5. The Road from Lumbini
6. Ladakh: Eclipsed by Other Gods
7. Sikkim: “No One Heard Us Cry”
8. Buddhist Nepal
9. Buddha and the Bhutanese State
10. The Dragon People
11. All Sentient Beings
12. Aum Rinzi’s World
13. Two Capitals, Two Eras
14. To Tashigang
15. One Sunday in Bumthang
An Afterthought A Glossary of Common Words
Posted April 18, 2002
Everytime I read books about the Himalayan states, there is the huge picture of buddhists culture and others are just left out as non-existant. The Vanishing Buddhist Kingdoms of the Himalayas is no doubt one of those. I have nothing against buddhism as I myself have ties to it but Bhutan/Nepal or whatever states are there are multi-ethnic, relgious, lingusitic societies but Ms. Barbara clearly does not feel sorry to just vanish non-buddhists. Although the books is farly well written, I dislike such one sided represenation - where is the cultural mosaic?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 2, 2001
I bought this book as a special order several years ago. While it focuses on Bhutan it also speaks of the entire Himalayan region. If your looking for some history and culture of Bhutan in a very readable form then I recommend this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.