The Tibet Journal
Winter Vol. XXII, No. 4 1997

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The Intercultural Contacts of Tibetan Civilization
A special issue devoted to works of Dr. Siegbert Hummel

[Articles] [Book Reviews] [Film Review] [Brief Communications] [Project Report] [Contributors]

"Foreword," Per Kvaerne, p. 3

" A Bibliography of the Works of Siegbert Hummel," Per Kvaerne, p. 5

" The Lamaist Ritual Dagger (Phur bu) and the Old Middle Eastern 'Dirk Figures'," Siegbert Hummel, Trans. G. Vogliotti, p. 23

" Notes on the Lamaist Apocalypse," Siegbert Hummel, Trans. G. Vogliotti, p. 33

"Lady World and the Priest-King John," Siegbert Hummel, Trans. G. Vogliotti, p. 45

" The White Old Man," Siegbert Hummel, Trans. G. Vogliotti, p. 59

" The Construction Site of the Lhasa gTsug lag khang and its Cosmological Significance," Siegbert Hummel, Trans. G. Vogliotti, p. 71

" The Crystal Sea in the Lhasa gTsug lag khang," Siegbert Hummel, Trans. G. Vogliotti, p. 79

" mGar," Siegbert Hummel, Trans. G. Vogliotti, p. 88

Book Reviews
Transcendental Art of Tibet by Lokesh Chandra, reviewed by Massimiliano A. Polichetti, p. 97

Tibetan Mandalas (Vajravali and Tantra-samuccaya) by Raghuvira and Lokesh Chandra, reviewed by Daphne Lange Rosenzweig, p. 98

"The Monk and the Philosopher-Buddhism Today" (Le moine et le philosophe-le bouddhisme aujourd'hui) by Jean-Francois Revel & Matthieu Ricard, reviewed by Hubert Decleer, p. 100

The Buddhist Path to Enlightenment: Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy and Practice by Lama Doboom Tulku and In Praise of Tara: Songs to the Savioress, reviewed by Alexander Fedotoff, p. 113

Film Review
Die Salzmanner von Tibet, directed by Ulrike Koch, reviewed by Toni Huber, p. 115

Brief Communications
The Missing Page in the Sras mkhar dgu thog gnas yig of the 1985 Dharamsala Edition, Anne Chayet, p. 118

Project Report
"Tibet as Myth," Martin Brauen, p. 120

Contributors, p. 122

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Martin Brauen studied Buddhism at Delhi University and anthropology and history of religions at Zurich University. Field studies have taken him to Lad" Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet. He is head of the Department of Tibet, Himalayas and the Far East at the Ethnographic Museum of the University of Zurich, and is also working as a scientific collaborator in a Swiss NGO working in the field of development policy. He has written many articles and books about Tibet and the Himalayas, most in German. His work about Mandalas was recently translated into English: The Mandala -- Sacred Circle in Tibetan Buddhism, Serindia Publications, London, 1997.

Anne Chayet is director of research at the CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research) in Paris, and specialized in history and philology. Main works: Les temples de jehol et leurs modeles Tibetains, Paris, Erc, 1985; Art et archeologie du Tibet, Paris, Picard, 1994.

Hubert Decleer is the academic director, Tibetan studies for the School of International Training of Brattleboro, Vermont.

Alexander Fedotoff (Ph.D.) is a Professor at Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski." He graduated from Leningrad University in Tibetan and Mongolian Studies in 1979. Since 1981 he has been teaching Tibetan and Mongolian Culture, Literature and Language in the Centre for Oriental Languages and Cultures, Sofia University, Bulgaria. Currently he is a chief of The Korean department and a vice- dean of the Faculty of Classical and Modern Philology at the University. He is the co-author of Disputes Between Tea and Chang, published in 1993 at LTWA, the author of Mirror of the Heart which is to be published at Sofia University in 1997, the translator of Bar do thos grol and other Tibetan books into Bulgarian, as well as the author of many scientific articles. He spent three months in LTWA in 1991. He deals with Tibetan, Central Asian and Korean Studies.

Toni Huber currently lectures on Tibetan religions and society in the Religious Studies Department, University of Virginia. His book The Cult of Pure Crystal Mountain concerning sacred mountains and popular pilgrimages in Tibet will be published shortly. Major works in progress include books on Tibetan hunting culture, Amdo Gendun Chomphel's modern guidebook to Buddhist India, and an edited volume of essays on conceptions of space and place in Tibetan religions.

Siegbert Hummel, see "A Bibliography of the Works of Siegbert Hummel," pp.5-22 in this issue.

Per Kvaerne is Professor of History of Religion and Tibetology at the University of Oslo. He has specialized on the study of the Bon religion. His latest publication is The Bon Religion of Tibet. The Iconography of a Living Tradition, London (Serindia Publications), 1995. He convened the 6th Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies, held at Fagernes, Norway, in 1992, and is currently editing a detailed catalogue of the Bonpo Kanjur.

Massimiliano A. Polichetti earned a Ph.D. with a dissertation on Tibetan Iconography. In 1992 he was officially entrusted by the Italian Ministry for the Cultural Welfare to keep courses of lectures on comparative History of Art in India. He has been holding lectures on Philosophy of Religion. He was the Director of a work of six volumes, Il Buddha. He works at the National Museum of Oriental Art in Rome where he collaborates for the Tibetan, Nepalese and Indian sectors.

Daphne Lange Rosenzweig received her A.B. degree from Mount Holyoke College and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University, in the fields of East Asian art and archeology and Far Eastern languages and literature. She spent two years on Taiwan at the National Palace Museum, on a Fulbright Fellowship. A member of many Asian studies and art history societies, she has organized a number of museum exhibitions (including the upcoming "Later Korean Painting" touring exhibition). She is the author of over 45 books and articles on subjects as diverse as later Chinese painting, Japanese prints, Oriental symbolism and Chinese jades, and has just finished editing a volume, Non-Western Decorative Arts in the National Gallery of Art, for that Gallery. She is a frequent guest lecturer at international and national conventions. Dr. Rosenzweig has taught at Adelphi University, the University of New Mexico, Oberlin College, the National Palace Museum in Taipei, the University of South Florida, and is currently on the Faculty of the Liberal Arts Program at the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, teaching Buddhist, East Asian, and Islamic Art History.

Guido Vogliotti (b. 1954) graduated in English at the University of Turin (1977). He subsequently studied Tibetan with Dr. E. Lo Bue and moved to Munich in 1986, where he started to collect the works of S. Hummel and then to translate them into English. In addition to the articles in this issue, he has completed an English translation of S. Hummel's book Mythologisches aus Eurasien im Ge-sar- Heldenepos der Tibeter and is working on an Italian translation of another collection of egyptological articles by the same author.

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