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The Resource The dawn of Tibet : the ancient civilization on the roof of the world, John Vincent Bellezza

The dawn of Tibet : the ancient civilization on the roof of the world, John Vincent Bellezza

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The dawn of Tibet : the ancient civilization on the roof of the world
Title
The dawn of Tibet
Title remainder
the ancient civilization on the roof of the world
Statement of responsibility
John Vincent Bellezza
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
This unique book reveals the existence of an advanced civilization where none was known before, presenting an entirely new perspective on the culture and history of Tibet. In his groundbreaking study of an epic period in Tibet few people even knew existed, John Vincent Bellezza details the discovery of an ancient people on the most desolate reaches of the Tibetan plateau, revolutionizing our ideas about who Tibetans really are. While many associate Tibet with Buddhism, it was also once a land of warriors and chariots, whose burials included megalithic arrays and golden masks. This first Tibetan civilization, known as Zhang Zhung, was a cosmopolitan one with links extending across Eurasia, bringing it in line with many of the major cultural innovations of the Late Bronze Age and Iron Age. Based on decades of research, The Dawn of Tibet draws on a rich trove of archaeological, textual, and ethnographic materials collected and analyzed by the author. Bellezza describes the vast network of castles, temples, megaliths, necropolises, and rock art established on the highest and now depopulated part of the Tibetan plateau. He relates literary tales of priests and priestesses, horned deities, and the celestial afterlife to the actual archaeological evidence, providing a fascinating perspective on the origins and development of civilization. The story builds to the present by following the colorful culture of the herders of Upper Tibet, an ancient people whose way of life is endangered by modern development. Tracing Bellezza{u2019}s epic journeys across lands where few Westerners have ventured, this book provides a compelling window into the most inaccessible reaches of Tibet and a civilization that flourished long before Buddhism took root. --Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
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Bellezza, John Vincent
Dewey number
931/.5
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
DS797.82.N437
LC item number
B448 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Ngari Diqu (China)
  • Ngari Diqu (China)
  • Tibet Autonomous Region (China)
  • Antiquities
  • Civilization
  • Travel
  • China
  • China
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The dawn of Tibet : the ancient civilization on the roof of the world, John Vincent Bellezza
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 321-335) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Discovering the first civilization of Tibet -- The great sky realm: the land of upper Tibet -- Tillers and heroes, warriors and saints: the people of upper Tibet -- From sky to earth: the history of Zhang Zhung -- Touching the sky: the citadels and temples of Zhang Zhung -- Penetrating the earth: the burial grounds of Zhang Zhung -- Flesh, blood, and bones in stone: the artistic treasures of Zhang Zhung -- Father sky eagle:and mother earth serpent: the religion of Zhang Zhung -- Horned heroes and turquoise maidens: the cultural life of Zhang Zhung -- My ancestors, my gods: Zhang Zhung reigns in contemporary upper Tibet
Control code
870098261
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 349 pages
Isbn
9781442234611
Isbn Type
(hbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2014008853
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)870098261
Label
The dawn of Tibet : the ancient civilization on the roof of the world, John Vincent Bellezza
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 321-335) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Discovering the first civilization of Tibet -- The great sky realm: the land of upper Tibet -- Tillers and heroes, warriors and saints: the people of upper Tibet -- From sky to earth: the history of Zhang Zhung -- Touching the sky: the citadels and temples of Zhang Zhung -- Penetrating the earth: the burial grounds of Zhang Zhung -- Flesh, blood, and bones in stone: the artistic treasures of Zhang Zhung -- Father sky eagle:and mother earth serpent: the religion of Zhang Zhung -- Horned heroes and turquoise maidens: the cultural life of Zhang Zhung -- My ancestors, my gods: Zhang Zhung reigns in contemporary upper Tibet
Control code
870098261
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 349 pages
Isbn
9781442234611
Isbn Type
(hbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2014008853
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)870098261

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