Joseph Francis Charles Rock was a great Austrian explorer and botanist. He was one of the few that had the ability to immerse himself completely in the lands inhabited by the magnificent Nakhi, and the first to disseminate in the West documents relative to Nakhi culture. In this encyclopaedic dictionary, divided into two volumes, Joseph Francis Charles Rock focuses on the diffuse religiosity in the autonomous region of Lijiang, one of the few stopping points in the Middle Kingdom. The author spent much time in this area of Tibetan culture in the current South-West of China, where in ancient times ruled the kingdom of Na-Khi. The present work, truly extraordinary and impossible to find, is the result of translations from documents Rock found. They describe religious ceremonies belonging to the Bon tradition, a religion tied to shamanism and animism; it was particularly diffuse in Tibet and in Nepal before the affirmation of Buddhism and, mixing with it, it gave rise to a series of customs and rituals still practiced today. Reprint of the 1952 Istituto Italiano per l'Africa e l'Oriente edition.
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