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Bon: The Magic Word: The Indigenous Religion of Tibet
November 9th, 2013 by Aldouspi

Bon: The Magic Word: The Indigenous Religion of Tibet

Bon: The Magic Word: The Indigenous Religion of Tibet

“Accepting everything, refusing nothing through the centuries, it is the one all-embracing form of Tibetan religion,” as leading Tibetan scholar David L. Snellgrove once said of Bon. This book, the first of its kind to be dedicated solely to the art of Bon religion and culture, which to this day has been overshadowed by its Buddhist counterpart, aims to explore and reveal the many hidden treasures of this so far overlooked religion. Engaging with the great scholars of the field, in particula

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  • Ayllon, Francisco "Fran" writes:
    November 9th, 20139:09 amat
    13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    You can’t find best Western writers about Bon religion, March 14, 2008
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    Ayllon, Francisco “Fran” (Beijing (China)) –

    This review is from: Bon: The Magic Word: The Indigenous Religion of Tibet (Hardcover)

    Bon religion is a growing subject of study in the West, but contrary to what we find onTibetan Buddhism, still only a handful of people in the West can write well informed accounts of Bon. And the people who wrote the articles in this book are amongst those, the very few Western scholars in Bonpo studies, the best of the best (even if only because there’s nobody else in the field!). But the real point of this book is its fantastic balance of artistic and scientific approaches, of scholarly rigourous while engagingly presented information, in an extensively and beautifully illustrated, carefully designed work about this fascinating subject: Bon.

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  • Jason Cullen writes:
    November 9th, 20139:35 amat
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great!, September 26, 2013
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    This review is from: Bon: The Magic Word: The Indigenous Religion of Tibet (Hardcover)

    love the art, and explanations too and it was such a bargain. Good background, recommend for anyone studying Tibet. Thank YOU..

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  • Anonymous writes:
    November 9th, 201310:34 amat
    4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    It’s got pretty pictures, but not much substance, March 17, 2011
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    Jason Cullen (Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) –
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    This review is from: Bon: The Magic Word: The Indigenous Religion of Tibet (Hardcover)

    OK, maybe I’m not being fair asking for more substance from a coffee table book. As far as the photographs go, it’s excellent: 5 stars for that.

    However, Per Kvaerne and Samten Karmay are giants in the field of Tibetan Studies! I expected some pretty heady stuff here. Instead, they wrote essays similar to some “A Day in the Life of ___” coffee table variety books we got in the 80s.

    I bought the book for the photographs mostly, so I kept the book despite my disappointment. I can always reference these scholars’ excellent work elsewhere. So if you want to enjoy beautiful images of Tibetan scenery and Bon iconography, by all means, buy this book. But it’s not a good work for the study of Bon as a tradition or a contemporary, living variety of Buddhism. (I know, the Bonpos are going to come after me for that one, but when I see a spade…)

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