REFLECTION FROM THE WHEEL OF LIFE.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY THOMAS L. KELLY
TEXT BY CARROLL DUNHAM,
FOREWORD BY H.H. THE 14TH DALAI LAMA
WITH AN ENLIGHTENING FORWRODE BY THE Dalai Lama, the return of this exquisitely illustrated volume presents an intimate portrait of Tibet and its people. According to Tibetan belief, existence is an endless cycle of birth, death, and rebirth, and authors Carroll Dunham and Ian Baker trace the course of this Tibetan wheel of life—from birth to childhood through adolescence and midlife, to old are and death—as they introduce us to the riches of the Tibetan way of life. From love, marriage, and glorious summer festivals to the harsh lives of nomadic traders and the ultimate release that death brings, every part of their experience is deeply coloured by their strong spiritual beliefs. These fascinating stories of diverse Tibetans include a woman who is married to four brothers and is pregnant by one; a ten-year-old god-child who bestows blessings on the faithful; and the three-year pilgrimage of a family to Lhasa for which they cover the entire distance by prostrating the length of their bodies across the earth.
Illuminated by Thomas Kelly’s more than 150 revealing color photographs, this unique exploration of the endangered Tibetan culture is at once lively, humorous, tragic, and inspiring. Set against Tibet’s staggeringly beautiful mountain landscapes, as well as against the ongoing struggle of the Tibetans to win independence from China, this celebrated volume portrays the many faces of an earthy yet devout people steeped in rich heritage.
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