The Dawn of Tibet: The Ancient Civilization on the Roof of the World

The Dawn of Tibet: The Ancient Civilization on the Roof of the World

by John Vincent Bellezza

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ISBN-13: 9780810896277
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/01/2017
Pages: 362
Sales rank: 1,157,925
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

John Vincent Bellezza is senior research fellow at the Tibet Center, University of Virginia, Charlottesville. An archaeologist and cultural historian focused on the pre-Buddhist heritage of Tibet and the Western Himalaya, he has lived in high Asia for three decades. Bellezza has published widely on archaic ritual traditions in Bon and Old Tibetan literature. Since 1992, he has comprehensively charted the monuments and rock art of the ancient Zhang Zhung and Sumpa proto-states. The first non-Tibetan to have explored both the geographic and ritual sources of each of the four great rivers that emerge from the Mount Tise region, Bellezza has also visited nearly every main island and major headland in the great lakes region of the Changthang.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter 1: Discovering the First Civilization of Tibet
Chapter 2: The Great Sky Realm: The Land of Upper Tibet
Chapter 3: Tillers and Herders, Warriors and Saints: The People of Upper Tibet
Chapter 4: From Sky to Earth: The History of Zhang Zhung
Chapter 5: Touching the Sky: The Citadel and Temples of Zhang Zhung
Chapter 6: Penetrating the Earth: The Burial Grounds of Zhang Zhung
Chapter 7: Flesh, Blood, and Bones in Stone: The Artistic Treasures of Zhang Zhung
Chapter 8: Father Sky Eagle and Mother Earth Serpent: The Religion of Zhang Zhung
Chapter 9: Horned Heroes and Turquoise Maidens: The Cultural Life of Zhang Zhung
Chapter 10: My Ancestors, My Gods: Zhang Zhung Reigns in Contemporary Upper Tibet
Conclusion
Bibliography

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