An Account of Tibet: The Travels of Ippolito Desideri of Pistoia, S.J., 1712-1727
First published in 1932.
As well as an extensive introduction, this edition contains notes to all four books, a bibliographical index, a general index and an index of Tibetan words. The introduction is particularly valuable in that it sets the importance of Desideri's mission in the general context of the Jesuit Missions to Tibet.
In Desideri's account we receive the first accurate general description of Tibet: from the natural world to the sociological and anthropological aspects of the people and a complete exposition of Lamaism. His is the only complete reconstruction that we possess of the Tibetan religion, founded entirely on canonical texts. And all of this more than a century before Europeans had any knowledge of the Tibetan language.
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PREFACE by FHippo De Filippi
HISTORICAL SKETCH OF THIBET and an Account
Departure from Delly Arrival and Residence at Kascimir
How the false Religion was brought to Thibet The firfi Temple
Of the Principal Places revered by the Thibettans and their
BOOK THE FOURTH
Departure from Delly and Arrival at Patina Voyage
The Boundaries and Site of Great Thibet
Describing the Clothes and Food of the Thibettans
Of the physical Characteriflics of the Thibettans their Occupations
BOOK THE THIRD
Relating other Beliefs and Arguments of the Thibettans concerning
Of the colossal and principal Error of the Thibettan Seft in denying
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Agra Andrade Antonio de Andrade arrived Beligatti born Buddhism called capital Capuchin Fathers Cen-ree-zij century CHAPTER China Chinese Christian church colour court crossed Dalai Lama death Delly described Desideri Emperor Emperor of China fortress Francesco Orazio Freyre Giongars Giorgi Governor Grand Lama Guge Gyantse Hell Hindustan Holy horses idols India inhabitants Ippolito Desideri Jesuit journey Kascimir Kattmandu Khan King Cinghes-Khang Kingdom Klaproth Kutti Ladak Lamaism letter Lhasa Lhoba living mentioned ministers mission missionaries Mogol monastery monks months mountains MS.f Nepal Orazio della Penna palace pass Pattna Potala prayers Prince province Puini religion religious river road Rockhill Rome round Sarat Chandra Second Thibet sent Shigatse snow Society of Jesus Sven Hedin Tartars temple Thibet Thibettans things Third Thibet throne Tibetan transmigrations travellers Tsaparang Urghien various veneration Viceroy virtue Waddell words