A vivid memoir as well as a biography, this book details the adventures and mishaps of two students from the US who travel through a summer of rain in Nepal, interviewing Tibetans about traditional medicine. Through their journey, they learn about life in Nepal and Old Tibet, and of how traditional medicine stems from the Tibetan Buddhist world view. While grappling with problems their environment throws at them, they meet intriguing individuals who speak of their lives-some more fantastic than others-and their experiences healing. The author's tone is personal and insightful as she records the stories of Tibetan doctors, patients, and shamans, watches and partakes in healings, and reflects on other aspects of living in Nepal.
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This is not what I expected. The book was very confusing. I was hoping to learn some principles of Tibetan Medicine, but this book hardly covered it.
If you are interested in Tibetan or Nepali culture, alternative medicine, or enjoy travel writing, you'll like this book. I loved reading about the lives of older Tibetans, especially the shamans. The author tells a good story in general. And I feel like learning more about Tibetan medicine now, or the real kind. Reading what faith healings are like was cool, too. They're not something I'll ever be exposed to. None of it is.