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"While traveling in disguise in Tibet in the early 1930's, Illion made some chance acquaintances which led to the contacts with an occult fraternity and an invitation to visit the underground city. There he had some truly remarkable experiences, which are recorded in this book. Ilion was one of the first travelers to penetrate Tibet while it was still sealed off from the outside world.Some believe these stories are clearly symbolic but may have some basis and fact and probably capture some of the spirit of popular belief in the region. Determining the account's precise accuracy is difficult from a Western standpoint."--Back cover.
Explores some of the world's oldest and most remote countries in search of lost cities and ancient mysteries.
A reprint of a 1930s travel book. Illion was a German traveller who not only spoke fluent Tibetan, but travelled in disguise through forbidden Tibet when it was off-limits to outsiders. His incredible adventures make this one of the most exciting travel books. Includes illustrations of Tibetan monks levitating stones by acoustics.
The life and adventures of an American explorer and iconic figure in the 20th century religious counterculture movement. In 1937, Theos Casimir Bernard, the self-proclaimed “White Lama,” became the third American in history to reach Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet. During his stay, he amassed the largest collection of Tibetan texts, art, and artifacts in the Western hemisphere at that time. He also documented, in both still photography and 16mm film, the age-old civilization of Tibet on the eve of its destruction by Chinese Communists. Based on thousands of primary sources and rare archival materials, this is the real story behind the purported adventures of Bernard and his role in the growth of America's religious counterculture. Over the course of his brief life, Bernard met, associated, and corresponded with the major social, political, and cultural leaders of his day, from the Regent and high politicians of Tibet to saints, scholars, and diplomats of British India, from Charles Lindbergh and Franklin Delano Roosevelt to Gandhi and Nehru. Although hailed as a brilliant pioneer by the media, Bernard also had his flaws. He was an entrepreneur propelled by grandiose schemes, a handsome man who shamelessly used his looks to bounce from rich wife to rich wife in support of his activities, and a master manipulator who concocted his own interpretation of Eastern wisdom to suit his ends. Bernard had a bright future before him but disappeared in India during the communal violence of the 1947 Partition, never to be seen again. “Well-written…A readable intellectual account of the life of an ambitious Tibetological pioneer.”—Asian Ethnology
This classic book on the theory of a lost continent in the Pacific imparts the fascinating travel stories and theories of James Churchward.
This detailed history offers the most comprehensive account available of Tibetan nationalism, Sino-Tibetan relations, and the issue of Tibetan self-determination. Warren Smith explores Tibet's ethnic and national origins, the birth of the Tibetan state, the Buddhist state and its relations with China, Tibet's quest for independence, and the Chinese takeover of Tibet after 1950. Focusing especially on post-1950 Tibet under Chinese Communist rule, Smith analyzes Marxist-Leninist and Chinese Communist Party nationalities theory and policy, their application in Tibet, and the consequent rise of Tibetan nationalism. Concluding that the essence of the Tibetan issue is self-determination, Smith bolsters his argument with a comprehensive analysis of modern Tibetan and Chinese political histories.
Neuhaus explores the roots of the long-standing European fascination with Tibet, from the Dalai Lama to the Abominable Snowman. Surveying a wide range of travel accounts, official documents, correspondence and fiction, he examines how different people thought about both Tibet and their home cultures.
Colonel Brander's service in and eventual command of the 32nd Sikh Pioneers put him in personal contact with the problems of India's frontiers a century ago and reveal how little has changed other than the scale of weaponry and cost of conflict in a savage landscape and barbarous region. America's ten year War in Afghanistan has seemed interminable to her people. To her Taliban opponents it has been a short phase in their Holy Jihad which has continued for hundreds of years since the birth of the Wahhabi cult, and for Waziri tribesmen violence has seemed the natural state of society ever since the invasion of Alexander the Great. "Waziristan to Tibet" tells the story of Colonel Brander's experiences in the 32nd Sikh Pioneers, using his history of the Regiment, his personal recollections of its campaigns 1882-1910, and other contemporary sources. Its background covers the relationship of Britain and Afghanistan from a troubled beginning with accounts of the disasters and successes of the 1st and 2nd Afghan Wars, the perennial political problems along India's' tribal frontiers, the role of the Wahhabi sect which developed into the Taliban as it is today, the 'Great Game' of political strategy played out between Britain and Russia, and the British Invasion of Tibet 1903/04 which was motivated by fears of the Tsar's conquests in central Asia and his expansionist intentions towards the jewel of the British Empire, only to be marred by political indecision and incompetent military leadership. The feats of personal endurance demanded by service in the 'Indian Army' of Colonel Brander's day may seem to surpass fiction but they are recorded by history as fact. His colorful personal story portrays vanished days of the Raj at its apogee, as well as the unchanging dynamics underlying today's conflict in Afghanistan and the dire consequences of Tibet's attempt to preserve its treasured mediaeval isolation in a changing world.
in the confusing decade following World War II, comic books were all the rage. They treated such issues as the atomic and hydrogen bombs, communism, and the Korean War, and they offered heroes and heroines to deal with these problems. Using five representative cartoon stories, historian William Savage looks at the immense popularity of comic books and their impact on the American public. Cartoons.
Discoveries And Adventures In Tibet. With 544 Illustrations From Photographs, Water Colour Sketches And Drawings By The Author And 14 Maps.
The most comprehensive collection of Tibetan works in a Western language, this volume illuminates the complex historical, intellectual, and social development of Tibetan civilization from its earliest beginnings to the modern period. Including more than 180 representative writings, Sources of Tibetan Tradition spans Tibet's vast geography and long history, presenting for the first time a diversity of works by religious and political leaders; scholastic philosophers and contemplative hermits; monks and nuns; poets and artists; and aristocrats and commoners. The selected readings reflect the profound role of Buddhist sources in shaping Tibetan culture while illustrating other major areas of knowledge. Thematically varied, they address history and historiography; political and social theory; law; medicine; divination; rhetoric; aesthetic theory; narrative; travel and geography; folksong; and philosophical and religious learning, all in relation to the unique trajectories of Tibetan civil and scholarly discourse. The editors begin each chapter with a survey of broader social and cultural contexts and introduce each translated text with a concise explanation. Concluding with writings that extend into the early twentieth century, this volume offers an expansive encounter with Tibet's exceptional intellectual heritage.
The rapidly approaching battle between Dark and Light threatens to destroy mankind in this action-packed new series from New York Times bestselling author L.A. Banks. Celeste Jackson never had much hope for the future—and certainly never imagined that she would be living in an abandoned warehouse in Philadelphia with her magnificent protector Azrael, the angel of death, and a fierce battalion of warrior angels. But although her powers have bestowed the angels with the freedom to return to the Light or stay within the mortal realm, they need her more than ever. Celeste is one of the few remaining half-human, half-angel Remnant, with a unique ability to locate others of her kind. The search leads Azrael and his celestial brothers to Egypt to recover a powerful relic that can raise an army of bloodthirsty fallen if it falls into the wrong hands. It is a relic the dark angel Asmodeus will do anything to possess—and his quest puts Celeste in mortal danger. Soon Azrael faces an impossible decision: Can he surrender the woman who has become his salvation . . . or will he save her and allow all of humanity to perish?

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