Tsybikov was the first scholar with a European education to visit Tibet and describe its monasteries and temples as an eyewitness traveler and an objective researcher. Tsybikov had two distinct advantages: an ethnic Buryat he could travel as a Buddhist pilgrim and thus have a chance of reaching its mysterious capital Lhasa, the religious and political center of Tibet, which was barred to outsiders, especially Europeans; as a scholar educated at a European university he had the historical and linguistic background to understand and describe what he saw. Tsybikov understood the secretive nature of the lama state and was careful to hide his work as a researcher. It was his journal that became the basis of
A Buddhist Pilgrim at the Shrines of Tibet, which has both the vividness of a traveller’s eyewitness account and the informed detachment of a scholar. As a record of both religious practices and the everyday life in Tibet before Chinese inroads during the twentieth century effaced that way of life, Tsybikov’s book is a unique and invaluable snapshot of a lost culture.
Gombozhab Tsybikov (1873-1930) graduated from the Department of Oriental Languages of St. Petersburg University in 1899, and after his three-year expedition to Tibet, was appointed lecturer in the Mongolian language at the Oriental Institute in Vladivostok. Among his published writings are diaries of journeys to Mongolia (1895), China (1909), and Ugra (1927), commentary and translations on Mongolian literature, and such articles as 'Shamanism of Buryats and Mongols,''National Holidays of Buryats,' 'Mongolian Literature as an Instrument of National Culture,' all in Russian.
Table of contents
Abstract Introduction General and Historical Aspects
Notes on the Illustrations
Systematics and Classification 2
Morphology of Psychidae 3
Checklist of European Psychidae 5
Identification Keys Key to Subfamilies and Tribes (Based on Male Characteristics)
Key to the Genera and Subgenera (Based on Male Characteristics)
Systematic Treatment of the Genera and Species of Psychidae in Europe Species incertae sedis
Distribution Catalogue Acronyms of the Countries
Colour Plates 9
Male and Female Genitalia Illustrations
References Index to Genus-Group Names Information on Back Cover
Index to Species-Group Names
students in Asian studies, students of the history of Tibetan Buddhism, general readers interested in Tibet, libraries that seek source material on Asian history.