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Bhutan: Mountain Fortress of the Gods

by Christian Schicklgruber (Editor and Author), Francoise Pommaret (Editor and Author), Christian Schicklgruber (Author)

Other authors: Luis Monreal Agusti (Foreword), Martin Brauen (Contributor), Kunzang Chöden (Contributor), Marc Dujardin (Contributor), Barry Ison (Contributor)9 more, Peter Kann (Foreword), Erich Lessing (Object photographer), Gerald Navara (Contributor), Stefan B. Polter (Translator), Mynak Tulku (Contributor), Karma Ura (Contributor), Klaus Vyhnalek (Object photographer), H.R.H. Jigme Wangchuck (Foreword), H.R.H. Jigme Singye Wangchuck (Foreword)

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     With a forward written by the King of Bhutan himself, this major collection provides authoritative accounts and stunning photographs of one of the least-known corners of the earth. The volume appeared in conjunction with an exhibit of Bhutanese artifacts, mounted by Vienna's Museum for Folk Culture. Accordingly, it includes a large number of detailed, high-quality photographs of objects - artistic and practical - as well as of people and scenery. Although both book and photographs primarily treat the traditional culture, a final section discusses contemporary Bhutan. One of the two chapters in this section is a really outstanding account of Bhutanese women today; it provides profiles of both well-to-do and impoverished women. The other three sections, by various Bhutanese and European authorities, cover scenery and biology, landscapes and agriculture, architecture, ethnography, arts and crafts, religion (Buddhism), and history. Particularly thorough and interesting are studies of traditional buildings and of a small village in its environment. As a coffee-table book with an official forward, this work emphasizes the positive, but it still manages to be honest, evenhanded, and intellectually strong. - E. N. Anderson, Choice, Vol. 35, No. 7, March 1998… (more)
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Schicklgruber, ChristianEditor and Authorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pommaret, FrancoiseEditor and Authormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Schicklgruber, ChristianAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Agusti, Luis MonrealForewordsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brauen, MartinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chöden, KunzangContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dujardin, MarcContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ison, BarryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kann, PeterForewordsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lessing, ErichObject photographersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Navara, GeraldContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Polter, Stefan B.Translatorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tulku, MynakContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ura, KarmaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vyhnalek, KlausObject photographersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wangchuck, H.R.H. JigmeForewordsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wangchuck, H.R.H. Jigme SingyeForewordsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Agusti, Luis MonrealForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lessing, ErichPhotographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wangchuck, H.R.H. JigmeForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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     With a forward written by the King of Bhutan himself, this major collection provides authoritative accounts and stunning photographs of one of the least-known corners of the earth. The volume appeared in conjunction with an exhibit of Bhutanese artifacts, mounted by Vienna's Museum for Folk Culture. Accordingly, it includes a large number of detailed, high-quality photographs of objects - artistic and practical - as well as of people and scenery. Although both book and photographs primarily treat the traditional culture, a final section discusses contemporary Bhutan. One of the two chapters in this section is a really outstanding account of Bhutanese women today; it provides profiles of both well-to-do and impoverished women. The other three sections, by various Bhutanese and European authorities, cover scenery and biology, landscapes and agriculture, architecture, ethnography, arts and crafts, religion (Buddhism), and history. Particularly thorough and interesting are studies of traditional buildings and of a small village in its environment. As a coffee-table book with an official forward, this work emphasizes the positive, but it still manages to be honest, evenhanded, and intellectually strong. - E. N. Anderson, Choice, Vol. 35, No. 7, March 1998

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