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The Light of Kailash, Volume One

A History of Zhang Zhung and Tibet: The Early Period

by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu

Book - 27.00€


Translated from Tibetan by Donatella Rossi

This summa of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu’s researches is dedicated first and foremost to his fellow countrymen and women and to Tibetan youth in particular. The text was originally conceived as a set of university lectures that Chögyal Namkhai Norbu was invited to give at the University of Nationalities in Beijing  in 1988, forming a first abridged version of The Light of Kailash subsequently enlarged by the author after further research; the manuscript through meticulous selection and a critical use and analysis of a vast array of literary and frequently unpublished sources became a work of 1,900 pages divided in three volumes.

The first volume, The Early Period, the History of Ancient Zhang Zhung, considers the rise of early human generations and the Bön lineages of ancient Zhang Zhung, its dynasties, language, and culture.

This amazing trilogy, aptly named The Light of Kailash, offers an open, daring, holistic, unbiased approach to the study of the cultural and spiritual heritage of Tibet and to the understanding of the origin of this fascinating and endangered civilization.

  • Translator’s Foreword 7
  • A Technical Note on the Translation 12
  • I. The Human Generations of Ancient Zhang Zhung 15
  • 1. Nonhuman Beings 16
  • 2. The Four Original Great Clans and the Six Family
  • Lines of the Early Human Generations 64
  • 3. The bSe, Khyung, and sBra Tribal Groups of
  • Zhang Zhung 75
  • II . The Bon Lineages of Ancient Zhang Zhung 77
  • 1. gShen-rab Mi-bo-che and the dMu-gshen Lineage 85
  • 2. The Diffusion of Bon after the Birth of
  • gShen-rab Mi-bo-che 91
  • III . The Royal Lineages of Ancient Zhang Zhung 125
  • 1. The Eighteen Monarchs, Holders of the
  • Horn-Like Crowns 130
  • 2. The Twelve Minor Principalities 138
  • IV. The Written Language of Ancient Zhang Zhung 149
  • 1. gShen-rab Mi-bo-che Taught the Written Language
  • of Ancient Zhang Zhung 150
  • 2. The sPungs Script of sTag-gzig 159
  • V. The Civilization of Ancient Zhang Zhung 167
  • 1. gZi and Thog lcags 167
  • 2. Rock Carvings 175
  • 3. The Science of Arts and Crafts [bZo rig] 180
  • 4. Music 185
  • 5. gTo and its Cultural Foundations 188
  • 6. Ju thig 189
  • 7. Mo-pra 192
  • 8. Dreams [rMi lam] 212
  • 9. Numerological Astrology 213
  • 10. Medicine 217
  • Bibliography 221
  • Indexes
  • Index of Tibetan and Zhang Zhung Names and Terms 229
  • Index of Textual Sources 255
  • Index of Sanskrit Names and Terms 259
  • Index of Chinese Names and Terms 261

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