Tibetan Diary From Birth to Death and Beyond in a Himalayan Valley of Nepal

ISBN-10: 0520241339
ISBN-13: 9780520241336
Edition: 2004
Authors: Geoff H. Childs
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 9/27/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 218
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.60" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

In this rich and deeply personal account of life in the highlands of Nepal, Geoff Childs chronicles the daily existence of a range of people, from venerated lamas to humble householders. Offering insights into the complex dynamics of the ethnically Tibetan enclave of Nubri, Childs provides a vivid and compelling portrait of the ebb and flow of life and death, of communal harmony and discord, and of personal conflicts and social resolutions. Part ethnography, part travelogue, and part biography,Tibetan Diaryis a one-of-a-kind book that conveys the tangled intricacies of a Tibetan society. Childs's immensely readable and informative narrative incorporates contemporary observations as well as vignettes culled from first-person testaments including oral histories and autobiographies. Examining the tensions between cultural ideals and individual aspirations, he explores certain junctures in the course of life: how the desire to attain religious knowledge or to secure a caretaker in old age contrasts with social expectations and familial obligation, for example. The result is a vivid and unparalleled view of the quest for both spiritual meaning and mundane survival that typifies life in an unpredictable Himalayan environment.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Prologue
Raising the Curtain
The Lay of the Land
Life Begets Death, Death Begets Life: The Life Course Begins
Adolescent Discord: Family Needs versus Spiritual Deeds
Growing Through Travel: The Pilgrimage for Knowledge and Prestige
The Merits of Matrimony: Commencing the Householder Life
High Peaks and Deep Valleys: The Imponderable Nature of Everyday Life
Anticipating the End of the Life Course: The Anxieties of Old Age
Parting Breaths: Death Is But a Transition
Transcending Death: Rising Corpses and Reincarnations
Place Names
Notes
Glossary
References
Index

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