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45 Halftones, black and white; 6 Illustrations, black and white
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Table Of Contents
Introduction Chapter 1: Discovering the First Civilization of Tibet Chapter 2: The Great Sky Realm: The Land of Upper Tibet Chapter 3: Tillers and Herders, Warriors and Saints: The People of Upper Tibet Chapter 4: From Sky to Earth: The History of Zhang Zhung Chapter 5: Touching the Sky: The Citadel and Temples of Zhang Zhung Chapter 6: Penetrating the Earth: The Burial Grounds of Zhang Zhung Chapter 7: Flesh, Blood, and Bones in Stone: The Artistic Treasures of Zhang Zhung Chapter 8: Father Sky Eagle and Mother Earth Serpent: The Religion of Zhang Zhung Chapter 9: Horned Heroes and Turquoise Maidens: The Cultural Life of Zhang Zhung Chapter 10: My Ancestors, My Gods: Zhang Zhung Reigns in Contemporary Upper Tibet Conclusion Bibliography
John Vincent Bellezza is senior research fellow at the Tibet Center, University of Virginia, Charlottesville. An archaeologist and cultural historian focused on the pre-Buddhist heritage of Tibet and the Western Himalaya, he has lived in high Asia for three decades. Bellezza has published widely on archaic ritual traditions in Bon and Old Tibetan literature. Since 1992, he has comprehensively charted the monuments and rock art of the ancient Zhang Zhung and Sumpa proto-states. The first non-Tibetan to have explored both the geographic and ritual sources of each of the four great rivers that emerge from the Mount Tise region, Bellezza has also visited nearly every main island and major headland in the great lakes region of the Changthang.