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Giuseppe Tucci was Professor of Religion and Philosophy at the University of Rome. But if one wants an excellent reference book on this subject "The religions of Tibet" should not be missing from your library.

Giuseppe Tucci was Professor of Religion and Philosophy at the University of Rome. Geoffrey Samuel is professor of anthropology at the University of Newcastle, New South Wales. 10 people found this helpful.

Giuseppe Tucci, Geoffrey Samuel. Very little is known in the West about Tibetan Buddhism in comparison with other eastern religions. In addition there exists a deep division between monastic Lamaism and religion as it is lived by the people: the former is fragmented into many schools, while the latter shows numerous regional variations.

The Religions Of Tibet book. He is considered one of the founders of the aca Giuseppe Tucci was a scholar of oriental cultures, specializing in Tibet and the history of Buddhism

The Religions Of Tibet book. He is considered one of the founders of the aca Giuseppe Tucci was a scholar of oriental cultures, specializing in Tibet and the history of Buddhism. He is considered one of the founders of the academic field of Buddhist Studies. Books by Giuseppe Tucci.

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Tibetan pilgrimage cannot be studied apart from Tibetan religion, culture, and history, so this article starts with books and articles on these subjects. Translated by Geoffrey Samuel. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1980. Buddhism arrived in Tibet beginning in the 7th century. Before that time, religious life was characterized by a belief in the sacred character of the Tibetan kings, who were considered of divine origin and as having a particular connection to mountain deities.

The Religions of Tibet. By Giuseppe Tucci, translated by Geoffrey Samuel. xv, 340 pp. Notes, Glossary, Bibliography, Index. Barbara Nimri Aziz (a1).

First published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Kelerius
I came to this elegantly-translated survey of Tibetan religions after occasionally reading about Tibet for twenty years or so. I was in the midst of some research on Himalayan cultures in general. I put that project on hold while I finished Tucci's exposition of the varieties and development of religions (Buddhist and other) in Tibet. It was not easy reading, but it gave reasonable answers to questions that I had puzzled over for years, and suggested new problems. I consider it a must-read for the serious student, although a more basic introduction, such as Snellgrove and Richardson's "Cultural History of Tibet" (now going into its third edition) would be a much better place to start.

Although the book was somewhat obsolete when the English translation (itself a revision) appeared, this fact is a measure of the rapid progress being made in Tibetan studies in the West. (A result of Chinese attempts to destroy Tibetan culture, this illustrates the Iron Law of Unintended Consequences, a secular version of karma.) Major advances have been made, for example, in publication of materials related to Bon, the "other" religion of Tibet. Tucci, however, lays a solid foundation for understanding what the new information means.

This is the sort of book I hoped for when, years ago, I gave up on the recently-issued Dover edition of Waddell's "Lamaism" (as "Tibetan Buddhism"), the standard work in English at the beginning of the Twentieth Century. "Religions of Tibet" is based on critical scholarship, but respects the religious traditions it describes and analyses. It will probably not please the devoted Buddhist who reads it, but it does not assume a standpoint of superiority grounded in a rival religion, or in some secular substitute.
The Sphinx of Driz
This book is actually a university text written by Giuseppe Tucci, one of the foremost tibetologists of all times. First pubblished in 1970 in German, it has been widely translated and re-edited in numerous editions.

Giuseppe Tucci was born in 1984 and after WWI taught Italian in Calcutta where he met Tagore and Gandhi, in 1930 (during the Fascist Period in Italy) he became director of the newly founded Italian Institute for Medium and Extreme Orient, that he governed until 1978. From 1929 to 1948 he made many expeditions to Tibet, Nepal, Pakistan etc. He is famous in oriental studies for his innovative interpretation of Indian philosophy and this book on religions in Tibet.

Tucci's approach to Buddhist and Hindu cultures was essentially scientific and he was interested by oriental logic to the point of putting foremost the logical aspects of Tibetan Lamaism, that he identifies as very similar to medieval european philosophy with its logical cathegories. This text contains a detailed description and interpretation of Lamaistic thought with a great attention to the differences existing among the four schools.

Tucci was also a great collector of antiquities and he founded the Oriental Art Museum of Rome. This aspect of his character is also evident in this book where a big section is dedicated to monastic life and in particular to all the objects utilized by the monks. Every kind of hat and stole and all the paraphrenalia of every school are illustrated in detail.

If the reader is not interested in all the numerous details contained in this book, a good alternative is to read the introductive and conclusive chapters, without skipping that on Bon religion, that give an outlook on the topic without gooing deeper in the many often difficult aspects of religion that are discussed.

Tibetology has progressed from Tucci's days, and Tibet has also undergone a deep cultural transformation. But if one wants an excellent reference book on this subject "The religions of Tibet" should not be missing from your library.
The Religions of Tibet download epub
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Author: Tucci,Geoffrey Samuel,Giuseppe Tucci
ISBN: 0710306741
Category: History
Subcategory: World
Language: English
Publisher: Kegan Paul (September 15, 2000)
Pages: 340 pages