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Labrang: A Tibetan Buddhist Monastery at the Crossroads of Four Civilisations [Paperback]

Paul Kocot Nietupski

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1 Mar 1999
Labrang Monastery, located in northeastern Tibet at the strategic intersection of four major Asian civilizations—Tibetan, Mongolian, Chinese, and Muslim—was one of the largest Buddhist monastic universities. In the early twentieth century, it housed several thousand monks. Labrang was also a gathering point for numerous annual religious festivals, supported an active regional marketplace where Chinese artisans rubbed shoulders with Hui merchants and nomadic Tibetan highlanders, and was the seat of a Tibetan power base that strove to maintain regional autonomy through the shifting alliances and bloody conflicts that took place between 1700 and 1950.

Paul Nietupski draws on the photographs and memoirs of Marion and Blance Griebenow, Christian missionaries resident for nearly twenty-seven years, as well as the memoirs of Apa Alo, a prominent leader, to detail Labrang's unique and colorful border culture. 

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4.0 out of 5 stars A book on the Roof of the World! 31 Aug 2011
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This book was written from my parent's prospective of living in Labrang, Tibet. The experiences of living where we had no electricity and rode horses when traveling. It is a place of remote traveling and friendly Tibetans, once you get to know them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating past 19 Sep 2000
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The author Paul Kocot Nietupski was very fortunate in having the Griebenow's archives to start his research. The place described in this book becomes an amazing show of colors and cultures in the minds of the readers. It is especially well told the hardships and trial the Griebenow family had to go through during those years when that part of Asia could become hostile to the point of death to outsiders.
The author did very well stating facts over opinions since some people see the Griebenow's as culture thrashers not helpers to this isolated place. The Griebenow's lives are forever made alive by this book and its wonderful stories.
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