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This fascinating and colorful book takes students into a world that is just emerging from the middle ages and peering warily into the millennium ahead: the reclusive kingdom of Bhutan which remains true to that religion's riotous marriage of esoteric theology and gorgeous ritual, serenely meditating Buddhas and snarling deities entwined in sexual embrace. Traveling through Bhutan and the adjacent countries, Crosette discovers miracle-working lamas and separatist guerrillas, holy shrines, and the thieves who plunder them, all the while painting an extraordinary and deeply knowledgeable portrait of a culture struggling to survive.
"The past and present of the kingdoms of the Himalayas is examined in a history of both Buddhist thought in the region and a culture under siege. Enjoy a first-person journey which brings an immediacy to the atmosphere of the region and exposes newcomers to the cultures and lives of the peoples."—Midwest Book Review
"There is no other full-length contemporary American account of this likable and largely unvisited kingdom....Crosette unravels the intricacies of Buddhism with considerable clarity."—The New York Times Book Review