Bon: The Magic Word

The Indigenous Religion of Tibet

Author : Karmay, Samten Gyeltsen and Jeff Watt

Bon: The Magic Word

Book Details

  • Publisher : Philip Wilson Publishers
  • Published : 2008
  • Cover : Hardback
  • Pages : 232
  • Size : 282 x 220mm
  • Category :
    Bon and Dzogchen
  • Catalogue No : 17947
  • ISBN 13 : 9780856676499
  • ISBN 10 : 0856676497
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This beautifully illustrated book is dedicated solely to the art of Bon religion and culture and aims to explore the many hidden treasures of this long-overlooked pre-Buddhist religion of Tibet. Engaging with renowned scholars in the field, particularly Samten Karmay, the reader is invited to delve into this rich culture. Jeff Watt, curator of the Rubin Museum of Art, defines the field by differentiating between Bon and Buddhist art, with which it is often confused. The other contributors look at specific topics within Bon, including the roots of the religion, its paintings, its sacred geography, and sets the fascinating art and artifacts which are so central to Bon learning within their proper context. The essays include: an Introduction to Bon Art by Jeff Watt; a Historical Overview of the Bon Religion by Samten Karmay; Imagining the Beyond, Beyond Imagination by Henk Blezer; Bonpo Tantric Deities by Per Kvaerne; the Bon Tradition of Sacred Geography by Charles Ramble; Myths and Rituals by Samten Karmay; Olmo Lungring: a Holy Place Here and Beyond by Dan Martin; and Tonpa Shenrab Miwo: Founder of the Bon Religion by Samten Karmay.

The purpose of this book is to inspire an appreciation of the beauty of Bon art while simultaneously enabling an understanding of the ethos of Bon, from its obscure beginnings through to the beliefs of the million or more Bonpo practictioners of today.

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