This illustrated volume presents a wide variety of themes from the historical and modern periods of Bhutan, illustrating change and adaptation to new realities. Topics covered include the exploration of early history, Buddhism and the lives of Bhutanese Buddhist saints, the changing role of local, non-Buddhist religious practitioners in today’s society, traditional law and the emergence of a modern legal system, and the seasonal celebrations of an aristocratic family from central Bhutan. The book will be of special interest to students of early Tibetan history, legal history, comparative sociology and cultural anthropology of the Himalayan regions.
John Ardussi, Ph.D. (1977) in Asian Civilizations, Australian National University (Canberra), is a private scholar specializing in Tibetan and Bhutanese history, and an affiliate member of the CNRS research team 'Centre de recherche sur les civilisations chinoise, japonaise et tibétaine.' In addition, he is a professional engineer in the aviation electronics industry. His present research focuses on 16th - 20th century Himalayan history, traditional technologies and economics. He has written numerous articles on the history of Bhutan and Tibet and is completing a translation of the 4th Druk Desi Tenzin Rabgye's biography.
Françoise Pommaret, Ph.D. (1987) is an ethno-historian, Director of research at the CNRS, Paris, and advisor for History and Anthropology at the Institute of Language and Culture at the Royal University of Bhutan.
She has been associated with Bhutan in different capacities since 1979 and has published numerous scholarly articles and books. She was the co-editor and co-author of
Bhutan: Mountain Fortress of the Gods,(London, 1997) and the editor of
Lhasa in the Seventeenth Century, (Brill, Leiden 2003).
This book will be of special interest to students of Tibetan history, early legal history, comparative sociology, Himalayan studies, Buddhist studies, Bhutan history