The Emperor Far Away is the travelogue of David Eimer, who
formerly served as the Beijing correspondent for the Sunday
Telegraph and as a writer for the Hong Kong-based South China
Morning Post during his years living in the People's Republic of
China (2005-2012). During this time, Eimer traveled the length of the
country's borders in an effort to understand the China away from the
big eastern cities and coastal regions. In this volume, he sets out to
explain these hinter...
Starting from the late nineteenth century, northwest China, Eastern Turkestan (modern Xinjiang), and eastern Tibet became increasingly attractive destinations for foreign travelers and explorers. There was a veritable 'run' on the region, which was deemed one of the last blank spots on world maps. In addition, northwest China, Tibet, and Eastern Turkestan received special attention because of competition between the British and Russian empires as part of what is known as the Great Game in Cen...
Since 1983, John Vincent Bellezza has made numerous treks into Upper Tibet, the cold, northern Plateau region in the Himalayas. In his excursions, he has discovered the remains of a thriving civilization in what is now considered one of the most difficult climates on earth. The Dawn of Tibet draws upon textual sources, ethnographic study with the people who live in Upper Tibet today, and his discoveries of archaeological sites to draw a multifaceted picture of what Zhang Zhung, as this civili...
Ladakh in the twenty-first century is well known as a religious and
touristic destination as well as an Indian border territory with Kargil
and Siachin - significant military posts. In contrast, the commercial
role of Ladakh in trade within the Himalayan region and along the
Silk Route is less explored.
In this well-researched book, Fewkes presents various components of Ladakh's ethno-history of trade. She focuses on
Ladakh since the eighteenth century and its status as a t...
My name is Libu Lakhi (Li Jianfu, Dawa Tenzin). I was born in Dashui Village, Mingshen Township in 1981. I am a Namuyi Tibetan. Uncle Ston pa stories are not told in my village, however, I heard many such stories during the years I spent studying in Kangding and in Xining. I heard this story, which I tell in Namuyi Khato. ...
Amdo Tibetan Tongue Twisters
Blo rtan rdo rje, Charles Kevin Stuart, and Gerald Roche……....7
An Amdo Tibetan Village New Year Trance Medium Ritual
Dpal ldan bkra shis and Charles Kevin Stuart …..…...........…53
Calling Back the Lost na53 mʑi53 Tibetan Soul
Libu Lakhi, Charles Kevin Stuart, and Gerald Roche ..…........65
Dying Hunters, Poison Plants, and Mute Slaves: Nature and
Tradition in Contemporary Nuosu Yi Poetry
Featuring Buddhist ritual life in its diverse manifestations across the Tibetan Plateau, this volume engages the task of defining 'ritual' by analyzing moments of ritual change. Whether political regime change, technological innovation, or social upheaval, external catalysts of religious transformation have been prominently visible in the Tibetan cultural world since the mid-twentieth century. This volume takes up the sociopolitical shifts of the recent period as a call to investigate how rit...
A ritual performed in 1999 in Dge rtse (Genzhi 更知) Township, Brag 'go (Luhuo 炉霍) County, Dkar mdzes (Ganzi 甘孜) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan (四川) Province is described. The ritual involved a man, his son, and his nephew taking a wolf skin, visiting nine villages, and asking for donations to appease the 'owner of the wolves'.
One day, on the way to the turnip seller's home, Uncle Ston pa saw an old woman weeping by the road and asked, "Dear Aunt, why are you crying?"
The old woman wiped her tears away replying, "My husband is sick and I'm too weak to plow the field." ...
Please introduce yourself.
I am Gu ru 'phrin las, born in 1993 in Smin thang Township, Gjig sgril County, Mgo log (Guoluo) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Mtsho sngon (Qinghai) Province, PR China. My family members
are herders. My paternal grandmother (Ngang rus, 1923-2008) raised me. My family had neither a radio nor television, so Grandmother's folktales and stories about her childhood were the main form of entertainment for me. When I was six years old, Father began to teach me basic...