Tibetan Diary: From Birth to Death and Beyond in a Himalayan Valley of Nepal / Edition 1

Tibetan Diary: From Birth to Death and Beyond in a Himalayan Valley of Nepal / Edition 1

by Geoff Childs
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520241096

ISBN-13: 9780520241091

Pub. Date: 09/27/2004

Publisher: University of California Press

In this rich and deeply personal account of life in the highlands of Nepal, Geoff Childs chronicles the daily existence of a range of people, from venerated lamas to humble householders. Offering insights into the complex dynamics of the ethnically Tibetan enclave of Nubri, Childs provides a vivid and compelling portrait of the ebb and flow of life and death, of

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In this rich and deeply personal account of life in the highlands of Nepal, Geoff Childs chronicles the daily existence of a range of people, from venerated lamas to humble householders. Offering insights into the complex dynamics of the ethnically Tibetan enclave of Nubri, Childs provides a vivid and compelling portrait of the ebb and flow of life and death, of communal harmony and discord, and of personal conflicts and social resolutions. Part ethnography, part travelogue, and part biography, Tibetan Diary is a one-of-a-kind book that conveys the tangled intricacies of a Tibetan society.

Childs's immensely readable and informative narrative incorporates contemporary observations as well as vignettes culled from first-person testaments including oral histories and autobiographies. Examining the tensions between cultural ideals and individual aspirations, he explores certain junctures in the course of life: how the desire to attain religious knowledge or to secure a caretaker in old age contrasts with social expectations and familial obligation, for example. The result is a vivid and unparalleled view of the quest for both spiritual meaning and mundane survival that typifies life in an unpredictable Himalayan environment.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520241091
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
09/27/2004
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Lexile:
1190L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Prologue
1. Raising the Curtain
2. The Lay of the Land
3. Life Begets Death, Death Begets Life: The Life Course Begins
4. Adolescent Discord: Family Needs versus Spiritual Deeds
5. Growing Through Travel: The Pilgrimage for Knowledge and Prestige
6. The Merits of Matrimony: Commencing the Householder Life
7. High Peaks and Deep Valleys: The Imponderable Nature of Everyday Life
8. Anticipating the End of the Life Course: The Anxieties of Old Age
9. Parting Breaths: Death Is But a Transition
10. Transcending Death: Rising Corpses and Reincarnations
Appendix
Notes
Glossary
Bibliography

Index

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