By Filippo De Filippi
First released in 1932.
As good as an intensive advent, this variation comprises notes to all 4 books, a bibliographical index, a basic index and an index of Tibetan phrases. The creation is especially important in that it units the significance of Desideri's project within the normal context of the Jesuit Missions to Tibet.
In Desideri's account we obtain the 1st exact common description of Tibet: from the wildlife to the sociological and anthropological features of the folk and an entire exposition of Lamaism. His is the one entire reconstruction that we own of the Tibetan faith, based completely on canonical texts. And all of this greater than a century earlier than Europeans had any wisdom of the Tibetan language.
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Desideri, however, did realize the of Tibet, if only from the current reports of the length of time needed to cross it in its different . His descriptions of the country and its inhabitants, and of the social order and civil apply, of course, only to Central and to Southern Tibet and to the sedentary population, which he knew from his own experience. Of the provinces, the Page 43 plateaus and mountain chains to the north of the Transhimalaya, and the nomadic peoples that inhabit them, we have only the indications in his narrative.
61 This is all Cabral has to say about this winter journey across the mountain range on earth. The reader is left to imagine those paths and passes buried under deep snow at an altitude of many thousand feet, and in the of these the lonely traveller with his one or two guides whose language he hardly , and thence to form his judgment of the grit and intrepidity required to undertake it and carry it through, As they were the bearers of letters for the king of Nepal, their road no doubt went by Katmandu, whither ninety-three years later Father Desideri was to on quitting Lhasa.
Page 8 After the arrival then of the above-mentioned fellow-labourers, there were, in , 1626, five missionaries in Guge. 15 It remains a puzzle, how a man, still an invalid, or at weakened by illness, managed to cross the mountains in mid-winter. Towards the end of 1627 his place was taken by Father Antonio Pereira,16 as is related by himself in a letter of 12th November of the same year. From Agra onward it was again Brother Marques who guided the party. Together with this letter two others were despatched from Tsaparang, one of the 10th by Father dos Anjos, and another of the 16th, by Father de Oliveira.
An Account of Tibet: The Travels of Ippolito Desideri of Pistoia, S.J. 1712- 1727 (Broadway Travellers) by Filippo De Filippi