ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Himalayas in the Western Mind’s Eye

‘Incredibly Spiritual and Marvellous’

Disillusioned with developments in the West, counter-culturists looked to the Himalayas as the (hoped for) last bastion of pre-industrial human wisdom and dignity. From the Tibetan “Great White Brotherhood” of Helena Blavatsky’s Theosophy, to Hilton’s Lost Horizon and “Shangri-La,” to the 1950s yeti-hunting craze, to today’s dharma tourists, Westerners have sought elusive “missing links” between themselves and their (imagined) pasts that might still exist in the world’s most remote terra incognita.

All margins are dangerous.

— Mary Douglas

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Updated On : 14th May, 2018
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