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The dawn of Tibet : the ancient civilization on the roof of the world

Author: John Vincent Bellezza
Publisher: Lanham, MD : Rowman & Littlefield, [2014]
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Bellezza, John Vincent.
Dawn of Tibet
(DLC) 2014008853
(OCoLC)870098261
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John Vincent Bellezza
ISBN: 9781442234628 1442234628
OCLC Number: 890146515
Description: 1 online resource (page cm)
Contents: 1. Discovering the First Civilization of Tibet --
From Nowhere to Somewhere --
Something Definite Begins to Emerge --
Gaining Ground to Further Revelation --
The Means and Methods of Chronicling Zhang Zhung Sites --
2. The Great Sky Realm: The Land of Upper Tibet --
The Pinnacle on the Roof of the World --
The Enchanting Domain of Upper Tibet --
Lakes of Sanctity and Beauty --
Cosmic Center Mount Tise --
Divine Denizens, the Wildlife of Upper Tibet --
3. Tillers and Herders, Warriors and Saints: The People of Upper Tibet --
A Union of Farmers and Shepherds --
The Drokpas, Wanderers of the Tibetan Upland --
The Drokpa Attire of Gods and Kings --
The Drokpa Tent as a Microcosm of the Universe --
Bestowed by Heaven and Earth, the Sustenance of the Drokpas --
Human Minds and Animal Spirits --
Farming the Top of the World --
The Cycle of Faith, Festivals and Passages --
Manifold Changes Buffet Modern Upper Tibet. 4. From Sky to Earth: The History of Zhang Zhung --
The Magic and Mystery of Tibetan Scriptures --
The Coming Together of the Tribes --
Descended from Paradise, the Royal Line Appears --
The Dominion's Embrace in Kings and Castles --
The Gods Withdraw Their Favor --
5. Touching the Sky: The Citadels and Temples of Zhang Zhung --
Stones of Time --
The Abodes of the Ancients --
The Redoubts of Power and Prestige --
Hermitages and Temples of the Gods --
6. Penetrating the Earth: The Burial Grounds of Zhang Zhung --
Territory Marked in Standing Stones --
Cities of the Dead --
Underworld Tombs to the Heavens --
The Looting of the Tombs --
7. Flesh, Blood, and Bones in Stone: The Artistic Treasures of Zhang Zhung --
Inscribing History in Carvings and Paintings --
Strokes of Time --
Symbols of Life and Marks of Faith --
The Ancient Human Figure in All Its Glory --
Animals as Creatures, Persons, and Gods --
Shrines Bridging the Gap between Prehistory and History. Long-Lost Cultural Links --
The Allure of Ancient Art in Metals --
8. Father Sky Eagle and Mother Earth Serpent: The Religion of Zhang Zhung --
The Historic Beginnings of Eternal Bon --
The Mythic Beginnings of Eternal Bon --
The Secret Teachings of Eternal Bon --
The Spread of Zhang Zhung Religion to Central Tibet --
The Zhang Zhung Gods of the Sky and Earth --
The Riddle of Tonpa Shenrab and the Passage of the Dead --
9. Horned Heroes and Turquoise Maidens: The Cultural Life of Zhang Zhung --
Myths of the Beginning --
The Awesome Feats of Zhang Zhung's Greatest Personalities --
The Ancient Warriors and Priests of Zhang Zhung and Central Tibet --
The Ancient Material Culture of Zhang Zhung and Central Tibet --
10. My Ancestors, My Gods: Zhang Zhung Reigns in Contemporary Upper Tibet --
The Key to the Past and Present --
Divine Mountains and Lakes of Shepherds and Farmers Recall Ancient Traditions --
The Search for Weil-Being through the Ages --
Today's Shaman Successors to the Adepts of Zhang Zhung.
Responsibility: John Vincent Bellezza.

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