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: 0520241339

ISBN-13: 9780520241336

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…  See more details below

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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:
9780520241336
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
09/27/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
228
Sales rank:
1,022,341
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

1Raising the curtain7
2The lay of the land19
3Life begets death, death begets life : the life course begins38
4Adolescent discord : family needs versus spiritual deeds56
5Growing through travel : the pilgrimage for knowledge and prestige74
6The merits of matrimony : commencing the householder life98
7High peaks and deep valleys : the imponderable nature of everyday life114
8Anticipating the end of the life course : the anxieties of old age129
9Parting breaths : death is but a transition142
10Transcending death : rising corpses and reincarnations157

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