Closed to foreigners for more than 30 years, Mustang, a tiny feudal kingdom in the Himalayas, has existed in virtual isolation from the rest of the world. Although politically part of Nepal, Mustang is linked by religion, culture and history to Tibet, and stands alone as one of the last pure Tibetan cultures existing today. In 1992 restrictions were eased. Clara Marullo and Vanessa Boeye were among the few foreigners who made the journey to Mustang. This book is an account of their journey, and a view of the society that exists there. With its photographs, it also acts as a visual record of the landscape in this country. However, this is an environment under threat. Now open to the West, the landsape and all that is contained in it is open to change, and the survival of Mustang's ancient traditions is questionable. The final part of the book examines the potential problems of modernization and highlights the need to protect Mustang from the influences of tourism.
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Tibetan culture is threatened with extinction at the hands of the Chinese, but there is one relatively intact outpost: the tiny mountain desert kingdom of Mustang. Nearly unchanged by time or politics, Mustang juts up into western Tibet, stark, grand, and, until very recently, sealed off from the rest of the world. Marullo surveys Mustang history, both natural and human, describing the land, the culture, and the spectacular monasteries filled with masterpieces of Tibetan religious art. Here, as Marullo explains, "Buddhism is less a faith than a metaphysic, and as such underlies every aspect of life." To survive in a place as remote as this, where the mountains are so immense and close to heaven they are unquestionably sacred, a society must achieve balance and harmony with nature, and indeed the people of Mustang are resourceful and strong. But now that Mustang's borders have been partially opened by China, Mustang's hold on what is left of Tibetan culture has become even more tenuous. Perhaps this book, with its luminous, dramatic, and richly detailed photographs, will help outsiders understand Mustang's plight. Donna Seaman
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Descrizione libro Tuttle Publishing, 1995. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110804830614
Descrizione libro Tuttle Publishing. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 0804830614 New Condition. Codice libro della libreria NEW6.0461560
Descrizione libro Tuttle Publishing, 1995. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0804830614