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LINGUIST List 24.1104

Mon Mar 04 2013

Books: Essays on the Languages, Literature, and Religion of Nepál and Tibet: Hodgson

Editor for this issue: Rebekah McClure <rebekahlinguistlist.org>

Date: 01-Mar-2013
From: Joyce Reid <jreidcambridge.org>
Subject: Essays on the Languages, Literature, and Religion of Nepál and Tibet: Hodgson
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Title: Essays on the Languages, Literature, and Religion of Nepál and
Subtitle: Together with Further Papers on the Geography, Ethnology, and Commerce of
Those Countries

Publication Year: 2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Book URL: http://www.cambridge.org/aus/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9781108056083

Author: Brian Houghton Hodgson

Paperback: ISBN: 9781108056083 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 19.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108056083 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 30.99


An English civil servant who worked in British India and Nepal, Brian Houghton
Hodgson (c.1801–94) was also a specialist in Tibetan Buddhism. First published
in 1874, this is a collection of his essays on nineteenth-century Nepal and
Tibet, earlier versions of which had appeared in the Journal of the Bengal
Asiatic Society and two books of Hodgson's own, later updated for the Phoenix,
a monthly magazine for China, Japan and eastern Asia. Diverse in coverage, the
essays represent over thirty years' research. Those in Part 1 focus on
Buddhism, covering religious practices, writing, literature, attitudes to
Buddhism and the differences between Buddhism and Shaivism. The pieces in Part
2 explore other aspects of Nepal and the Himalayas, such as tribal culture,
colonisation and commerce. Discussing a range of linguistic, cultural,
sociological and economic topics, this collection remains relevant to scholars
working in these fields.


Part I
1. Notices of the languages, literature, and religion of Nepál and Tibet
2. Sketch of Buddhism
3. Quotations from original Sanskrit authorities
4. European speculations on Buddhism
5. Remarks on M. Remusat's review of Buddhism
6. Note on the inscription from Sárnáth
7. Notice of Adi Buddha and the seven mortal Buddhas
8. Note on the primary language of the Buddhist writings
9. A disputation respecting caste by a Buddhist
10. On the extreme resemblance that prevails between many of the symbols of
Buddhism and Saivism
11. The Pravrajyá Vrata or initiatory rites of the Buddhists

Part II
1. On the physical geography of the Himálaya
2. On the aborigines of the Himálaya
3. Origin and classification of the military tribes of Nepál
4. On the Chepang and Kusunda tribes of Nepál
5. Cursory notice of Náyakot and of the remarkable tribes inhabiting it
6. On the tribes of northern Tibet and of Sifan
7. On the colonization of the Himálaya by Europeans
8. On the commerce of Nepál

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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