The hidden history and culture of the Nepal-Tibet borderland
Presented by Dr Charles Ramble, Anthropologist/Academic
The northern borderlands of Nepal have long been recognised as a haven in which the Buddhist and Bön religions were able to survive intact during the ravages of the Chinese Cultural Revolution in their Tibetan homeland. However, more recent research in this area is beginning to shed light on aspects of civilisation that are barely known even from the high plateau. Archaeological discoveries have revealed funerary practices that suggest close links to Central Asia, while the study of the rich collections of local archives is providing insights into the lives of long-vanished villagers to a degree that is unlikely ever to be possible for Tibet. This lecture will show how the archaeological, textual and ethnographic discoveries that have been made in the past decade are both broadening and changing our understanding of Tibetan civilisation.
8 March 2017
Where: The Royal Astronomical Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1.
No sandwich lunch available for this lecture.
Tickets: Free. Open to Members and their guests