Recent archaeological discoveries and scientific research especially focussed on western Tibet and the western Himalayas have resulted in a remarkable redefinition of the historical and cultural processes of the entire Indo-Tibetan civilisation. The present volume reflects these sometimes startling new insights for the first time, covering the wide time range from the Zhang zhung period up to the 20th century, spanning secular, religious and economic history, as well as art and archaeology.
Amy Heller, diplôme of the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (1992), is affiliated with the Paris CNRS Tibetan studies unit since 1986. She has published extensively on Tibetan rituals and art history, as well as
Tibetan Art, Tracing the development of art and spirituality in Tibet (1999) (translated into French, Italian and Spanish). She is currently studying the cultural history of Dolpo.
Giacomella Orofino, Ph.D. (1985) in Tibetan Studies, University of Rome "La
Sapienza", is Associate Professor of Tibetology at the University of Naples "L'Orientale". She is author of numerous books and articles on Indo-Tibetan religious literature, philology and cultural history.
All those interested in the history of Western Tibet and Western Himalyas as evidenced in archaeology, architecture, Buddhist texts, Bonpo rituals, socio-economic dynamics, literature and art history.