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Mon Mar 04 2013

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

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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 andTibetSubtitle: Together with Further Papers on the Geography, Ethnology, and Commerce ofThose Countries

Publication Year: 2013Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Brian Houghton Hodgson

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


An English civil servant who worked in British India and Nepal, Brian HoughtonHodgson (c.1801–94) was also a specialist in Tibetan Buddhism. First publishedin 1874, this is a collection of his essays on nineteenth-century Nepal andTibet, earlier versions of which had appeared in the Journal of the BengalAsiatic 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, theessays represent over thirty years' research. Those in Part 1 focus onBuddhism, covering religious practices, writing, literature, attitudes toBuddhism and the differences between Buddhism and Shaivism. The pieces in Part2 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 scholarsworking in these fields.


Part I1. Notices of the languages, literature, and religion of Nepál and Tibet2. Sketch of Buddhism3. Quotations from original Sanskrit authorities4. European speculations on Buddhism5. Remarks on M. Remusat's review of Buddhism6. Note on the inscription from Sárnáth7. Notice of Adi Buddha and the seven mortal Buddhas8. Note on the primary language of the Buddhist writings9. A disputation respecting caste by a Buddhist10. On the extreme resemblance that prevails between many of the symbols ofBuddhism and Saivism11. The Pravrajyá Vrata or initiatory rites of the Buddhists

Part II1. On the physical geography of the Himálaya2. On the aborigines of the Himálaya3. Origin and classification of the military tribes of Nepál4. On the Chepang and Kusunda tribes of Nepál5. Cursory notice of Náyakot and of the remarkable tribes inhabiting it6. On the tribes of northern Tibet and of Sifan7. On the colonization of the Himálaya by Europeans8. On the commerce of NepálIndex.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics Sociolinguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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