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Treasures of the Thunder Dragon- A Portrait of Bhutan
Treasures of the Thunder Dragon- A Portrait of Bhutan

Treasures of the Thunder Dragon- A Portrait of Bhutan

by Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck

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Language

English

Publisher

Penguin/Viking

ISBN

9780670086344 - Year: 2012 - Pages: 211

Binding

Hardcover

Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck
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Author: Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck
Publisher: Penguin/Viking
Year: 2012
Language: English
Pages: 211
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9780670086344

Description

Long regarded as the Forbidden Land, Bhutan-or Druk Yul, the Land of the Thunder Dragon-was virtually closed to the outside world until the 1960s. Even today, little is known about this remote Himalayan Buddhist kingdom nestled between two giant neighbours, India and China. Often described as the Last Shangri La, Bhutan is still a country of pristine forests, alpine valleys and glacial lakes, rich in rare flora and fauna such as the blue poppy, the golden langur and the red panda. As spectacular as its natural beauty are the architecture of its towering dzongs (fortresses) and the art treasures that fill its monasteries and temples.

Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck’s portrait of her country is a captivating blend of personal memoir, history, folklore and travelogue. It provides unique and intimate insights into Bhutanese culture and society, with its vivid glimpses of life in Bhutan’s villages and hamlets, monasteries and palaces. Her engaging account of her childhood, growing up in a village in western Bhutan and the changes she witnessed when the country decided to end its isolation also tells a larger story-that of Bhutan’s rapid transition from a medieval kingdom to a modern nation within the space of a decade.

The author shares with us her delight in some of the hidden treasures of her country, which she discovered during her journeys on foot to every corner of Bhutan-from highland villages in the shadow of the great Himalayan peaks to serene monasteries wreathed in myth and legend to the rainforests in the south and centre of the country, which are among the world’s richest biodiversity hotspots. This book, with its specially commissioned illustrations by young Bhutanese artists, and photographs from the author’s family album, is essential reading both for those who plan to visit the Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon and for armchair travellers who yearn to experience the magic of Bhutan through their imaginations.

Contents

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

AUTHOR’S NOTE

INTRODUCTION

PART ONE: GROWING UP WITH BHUTAN

The Village on Treasure Hill
Annual Rites and Festivals Horseback Journeys
A House Is Consecrated

PART TWO: THE WAY WE ARE

Sacred Landscapes
The Hot Springs of Dunmang
I Have Been Here Before
Dzongs and Chortens

PART THREE: PEOPLE AND PLACES

Pilgrimage in Paro
Hidden Paradise
La Ya!
Heavenly Lakes
The Valleys of the Brokpas
Bulls with Blazing Horns and Other Vignettes

GLOSSARY

INDEX

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