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HIDDEN HIMALAYAS Kelly Dunham 1987 1st ed New hardcover
By Kelly, Thomas and V.C. Dunham.
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1987, 1st edition. 200 pp, 200 color photos. A fantastic book on the culture, ceremonies, trade fairs, lamas, festivals and people of Jumla, a remote region of NW Nepal. Two young Americans take us to Humla, an ancient territory - beautiful, joyous and holy - at the edge of Nepal, bordering Tibet, hidden in the Himalayas, where no Westerner has ever lived before. This is an enlightening glimpse into the lives of a virtually untouched people living in one of the last truly exotic places.

Hindus and Buddhists coexist peacefully in Humla, a remote, mountainous region in the northwestern corner of Nepal. This photoessay portrays diverse tribal peoples living in close proximity, scrambling to survive in an area of scarce resources. Among the self-reliant Bhotias, Tibetan-speaking folk of Mongolian stock, the wide-spread practice of fraternal polyandry (two or more brothers married to the same wife) curbs population growth. In contrast, the monogamous Hindu tribes are much poorer because of their larger families.

 
Female infanticide is common. In a poetic text built around the cycle of the seasons, Dunham, director of a cultural-exchange program called Sojourn Nepal, describes various peoples for whom life is hard and short, each moment precious. The photographs by Kelly, who lives in Nepal, depict polyandrous marriage ceremonies, annual trade fairs, lamas, ancient festivals. As New Large hardcover with dust jacket.
 
This book is large and heavier than normal, extra postage is necessary for Priority Mail or Interntaional Mail.

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