Title The Na-Khi Naga Cult and Related Ceremonies, Part II
Book Condition Very Good
Edition First Italian Edition
Size 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall
Publisher Roma, Italia Istituto Italiano Per Il Medio Ed Estremo Oriente 1952
Seller ID 007654
Serie Orientale Roma, Vol. IV, Part II. Note that Part I is not included in this offering. In the original paperback format. Printed and presumed bound in Italy. Plain ecru paper wrappers, with crisp black-stamped lettering to the front wrapper and to the spine. 9.75 x 6.75 inches. XII and 385-806 numbered pages of text translated, with some Romanized passages, and 279 notes, some quite long. Principal text in English with ancillary text in Tibetan and Chinese. With color frontispiece, B&W line drawings and pictographs, and with Plates G to L and also with Plates XXXI to LVIII, all full-page monochrome plates on coated semi-glossy stock. Fore- and bottom page edges attractively deckled. With unopened pages, hence unread. Very light age toning to the pages but no foxing observed. A Very Good copy. One reviewer writes, "Joseph Francis Charles Rock was a great Austrian explorer and botanist. He was one of the few that had the ability to immerse himself completely in the lands inhabited by the magnificent Nakhi, and the first to disseminate in the West documents relative to Nakhi culture. In this encyclopaedic dictionary, divided into two volumes, Joseph Francis Charles Rock focuses on the diffuse religiosity in the autonomous region of Lijiang, one of the few stopping points in the Middle Kingdom. The author spent much time in this area of Tibetan culture in the current South-West of China, where in ancient times ruled the kingdom of Na-Khi. The present work, truly extraordinary and impossible to find, is the result of translations from documents Rock found. They describe religious ceremonies belonging to the Bon tradition, a religion tied to shamanism and animism; it was particularly diffuse in Tibet and in Nepal before the affirmation of Buddhism and, mixing with it, it gave rise to a series of customs and rituals still practiced today." George W. Briggs notes that this is without doubt the final authoritative work in this area, since these "books" are fast passing from the minds of celebrants.