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This is an auction for LHASA AND ITS MYSTERIES, WITH A RECORD OF THE BRITISH TIBETAN EXPEDITION OF 1903-1904, by Austine Waddell. reviews:

"Waddell's account follows a military brigade into Lhasa, capital of Tibet. He enthusiastically remarks about details of daily life for commoners and high priests alike, with comparisons between the mannerisms and culture of the Tibetans, Chinese and Nepalese. He reveals, among many other tidbits, the history of Mt Everest, the indispensable qualities of yak dung (for fuel), the ignorance and widespread illiteracy of the supposedly learned monks, and the military difficulties of the expedition. The expedition does not reach the capital city until page 330 (of 530 pages of text), where Waddell's observations continue on the "boasted divinity" of the Dalai Lama, whose face shows ravages of smallpox. The expedition had also been warned previously against visiting Lhasa, as the "Grand Lama might die from the shock to his religious feelings." Waddell also details the ways of life for Tibetans in the capital, who, like most Orientals of the period, "appreciate kindness, but worship strength."

"FIVE STARS!! Waddell's interest in the subject of "Lamaism"--Tibetan Buddhism--was ground-breaking. In Lhasa and its Mysteries we explore the "hidden kingdom" of the Himalayas and find not a Shangri-la but a complex feudal outpost. Wadell uses his considerable sociological and historical knowledge to good effect, giving the reader an exact and in-depth account that is a sociological treatise on the lifestyle of the peasants, and an account of flora and fauna then so foreign to outsiders."

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Paperback 1988.

530 pages.

Illustrations throughout.

Good condition.

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