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IN SECRET TIBET: Theodore Illion 1991 [1937] Paperback Fine
By Illion, Theodore
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US, 1991 [1937]. 190 pp, 10 pages of b/w photos. Paperback, Fine condition.

A reprint of a 1930s travel book. Illion was a German traveler who not only spoke fluent Tibetan, but travelled in disguise through forbidden Tibet when it was off-limits to outsiders. His incredible adventures make this one of the most exciting travel books. Includes illustrations of Tibetan monks levitating stones by acoustics. 

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Theodore Illion or Theodor Illion (1898 in Canada (?) – September 4, 1984 in Hallein, Salzburg), was a writer of travel books who claimed to have visited Tibet in the 1930s and discovered an underground city there. He published his Tibetan adventures under that name but later resorted to the pseudonyms Theodore Burang or Theodor Burang and more rarely Theodor Nolling to write various books and articles on Tibetan medicine.

Laura Knight-Jadczyk, author of The Secret History of the world, observes that Illion’s first two books were published during the period when Alexandra David-Néel, back in France from Tibet, wrote and lectured widely (i.e. from 1925 till 1937). She suggests that under the pseudonym of Illion may lie someone who studied the stories of the famous explorer. 

The same author finds the story of Darkness Over Tibet somewhat "artificial", despite the presence of some elements that strike her as being factual rather than made-up. In his book Lost Cities of China, Central Asia, and India (1998), David Hatcher Childress raises the possibility that Darkness Over Tibet is an alarmist novel under the guise of a travelogue.

Physician and bibliographer Jürgen C. Aschoff highly doubts that Theodore Illion ever went to Tibet or even approached the borders of Tibet. His books are, in his eyes, "truly science fiction, a figment of the imagination." 

He finds it incredible that Illion’s publications should still be read and cited in so many scientific articles and books on Tibetan medicine, although the author never mentioned a single line of published reference or renowned Tibetan doctor in support of his more than vague assertions.





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