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Secret Tibet

Secret Tibet
$35.00
Item Code: IDJ006
Author: Fosco Maraini
Publisher: Book Faith India
Edition: 1993
ISBN: 8173030154
Pages: 251 (Black & White Plates 60)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 9.5" X 7.1"

From the Jacket

There are two ways of traveling; one is to cover a long distance in a short time, taking in the general outline of mountain and valley and the most obvious characteristics of the people. The other is to stop, go deeper, strike roots to some extent, and try to imbibe from the soil the invisible sap which nourishes the inhabitants of the place.

It is in the latter style that Fosco Maraini, the Italian explorer has succeeded in conveying every kind of information, sensation and evocation of his Tibetan journey. His book makes one forget that one was not actually with him in the tumultuous voyage. It drenches one to the skin, freezes stiff, disgusts with smells, refreshes by the Ozone laden mountain air and gladdens by the warmth of a summer day. His observation and account are so gripping that the reader finds himself with him while talking to lay and ecclesiastics, mystics, scholars, theologicians, minstrels, shopkeepers, beggars, artists, priests, monks, peasants and shepherds.

The writings here admit one to the realms of thought really worthy of the boundless plateaus of Tibet.

 

CONTENTS

 

     
Chapter   Page
I. FROM NAPLES TO YOGA 13
  Naples harbour; ploughing through books-At sea; Vildo and the beginning of things-Still at sea; how much on the water measurer?-Alexandria; the Greek Gnostic stays behind with the negroid prostitutes-Cairo; granite, sarcophagi, millenniums and garlic-The Red Sea; "I hate science, for instance"-Massawa and Jibouti-Aden;miracles, Mexico, nomads, plaster-At the gates of India; how to escape from maya.  
II. INDO-GOTHIC AND INVISIBLE JUNGLES 26
  Bombay; knowing the world with one's nose-Bombay again; making oneself understood-Elephant; a face, the All-Elephant again; the world as cathedral and the world as womb-In the train between Bombay and Calcutta; masculine trains and eunuch trains-Calcutta; "Perhaps want boy for massage?-Siliguri; at the foot of the Himalayas.  
III. FROM FERN TO GLACIER 41
  Sikkim; from fern to glacier-Gangtok; dinner with the Maharajah-Changu; Verlaine and the "wind-men".  
IV. THE METAPHYSICAL ADVENTURES OF PRINCE GAUTAMA 54
  The Natu Pass; the entry to Tibet-At Chuitang; implication and explanation-The Kargyu monastery; the symbolism of chortens-The Kargyu monastery; some notes on Tibetan Buddhism.  
V. RANCID BUTTER AND THE EXOTIC IN REVERSE 80
  The Kar-gyu monastery; what did the lama Ton-gye see? 80
VI. INNER LIFE OF A TIBETAN VILLAGE  
  Two ways of traveling-The ex-official Lobsang; pride and prejudice-The living Bodhisattva-Visit to the living Bodhisattva-The headman Mingyur;why not export coral?-Afternoon at the torrent-The Kar-gyu lama; fingers like a corps-deballet-The tailor Tob-chen;the provilege of initiates-visit to a hermitage; serenity of a meal in a skull-Mrs.Yishe; mechanical wizards and pharmaceutical saints-The Pak-jan monastery; the Six Good Things, and the little girl with the hare-lip.  
VII. METAPHYSICS AND POLITICS IN UPPER ASIA 116
  The Dung-kar monastery, "Who is your protective deity?"-The Ling-ma plain; secret life of a Bodhisattva-A note on the Tibetan theocracy-A note on the mechanism of theocratic succession-The Dung-kar monastery; monstrous couplings protect the meditating doctor. 116
VIII REBELLIONS, EXECUTIONS AND BLACK MAGIC 139
  Chumbi shall we be put in prison?-Yatung; a feudal lord on the bridge-Note on the Tibetan Government-The story of Lungshar.  
IX. THE PRINCE GIVES HIS EYES TO THE BEGGAR 153
  Yatung; a village holiday-Yatung; the legend of Thrimikunden  
X. THE MYSTERIOUS BON-PO 161
  Pemogang; the original Tibetan religion.  
XI. THE VISIONS OF THE DEAD 168
  Lama Ngawang; "At bottom you are civilized people like us"-The Visions of the Dead-The masks-Expiation-A dragonfly memory-flying in the clouds and plunging into entrails-Last day at Yatung; Lama Ngawang's gift.  
XII. ON THE ROAD TO LHASA 182
  Phari;the wind blows heedless of prayers-Tuna, Dochen; some of the most beautiful places in the world-Samada; Mara's last temptation of the Buddha-Samada and Iwang; the origins of Tibetan art-Gyantse;golden roofs gleaming in the distance-Philosophical duel between Tucci and the Khampo-The sinfulness of meat -Protective horrors-The Kum-bum; the hundred thousand pictures-Solitude as poison; solitude as flame-Milarepa, wizard, hermit and poet-The fortress captain's horrible possessions-Leopardi in the heart of Asia.  
XIII. ACROSS THE HIMALAYS; RETURN TO THE WEST 212
  The Tang-kar valley; "Nobel Faith's" disapproval-In the nomads tent; the beautiful slinger-The Tang-kar pass; Anthony Trollope in the Himalayas-Lachung;Jampel Thrashi's witches-Gangtok; reception by Scarlatti-Tashi-babu; antiquities and revolution-The princess reads the hermit's poems-"why should I sign my work?"-Love and polyandry; at the dance of the lamas-Lunar rainbow.  
XIV. MECHANICAL WIND-MAN 235
  Asia disappearing down below.  
  SOME USEFUL BOOKS 237
  PHOTOGRAPHIC TABLES 239
  INDEX 243

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