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BHUTAN. Mountain Fortress Of The Gods.

Schicklgruber, Christian & Francoise Pommaret.

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ISBN 10: 157062352X / ISBN 13: 9781570623523
Published by Shambhala, Boston, 1998
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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276 pages, illustrated in color, with Foreward by His Majesty King Jigme Singye Wangchuck. "The little-known Humalayan kingdom of Bhutan, a country the size of Switzerland with a population of around 600,000 is here presented through the eyes of nine scholars, western as well as Bhutanese. The reader is first acquainted with the unique heritage of this last survivng Mahayana Buddhist kingdom, its topography, fauna and flora and its rich ethnic and linguistic diversity. Traditional arts and crafts, spledidly bold achitrecture as well as Bhutan's state and popular religion are also described." FINE HARDCOVER, FINE DUST JACKET. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 024357

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Title: BHUTAN. Mountain Fortress Of The Gods.

Publisher: Shambhala, Boston

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Printing Stated..

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Book by Christian Schicklgruber, Francoise Pommaret

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     With a forward written by the King of Bhutan himself, this major collection provides authoritative accounts and stunning photographs of one of the least-known corners of the earth. The volume appeared in conjunction with an exhibit of Bhutanese artifacts, mounted by Vienna's Museum for Folk Culture. Accordingly, it includes a large number of detailed, high-quality photographs of objects – artistic and practical – as well as of people and scenery. Although both book and photographs primarily treat the traditional culture, a final section discusses contemporary Bhutan. One of the two chapters in this section is a really outstanding account of Bhutanese women today; it provides profiles of both well-to-do and impoverished women. The other three sections, by various Bhutanese and European authorities, cover scenery and biology, landscapes and agriculture, architecture, ethnography, arts and crafts, religion (Buddhism), and history. Particularly thorough and interesting are studies of traditional buildings and of a small village in its environment. As a coffee-table book with an official forward, this work emphasizes the positive, but it still manages to be honest, evenhanded, and intellectually strong. – E. N. Anderson, Choice, Vol. 35, No. 7, March 1998

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