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Drawn and Written in Stone

An inventory of stepped structures and inscriptions on rock surfaces in Upper Tibet (ca. 100 BCE to 1400 CE)

£78.00
Author:
John Vincent Bellezza
Publication Year:
2020
Language:
English
Paperback:
336 pages, Illustrated throughout in colour and black and white. 3 tables, 494 figures, 4 maps.
ISBN:
9781407356396
BAR number:
S2995
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Description

Drawn and Written in Stone explores the religious history of the highest part of the Tibetan Plateau through its rock art and inscriptions. It is focused on facsimiles of ritual and ceremonial monuments carved and painted on stone surfaces and rock inscriptions in the Tibetan language, vital archaeological and historical materials for appraising the development of religion in Tibet, ca. 100 BCE to 1400 CE. By probing the complexion of figures and letters in stone, this work considers how early cult traditions contributed to the establishment of Tibetan Buddhism and a rival faith known as Yungdrung Bon. Outside of the Indian cultural context, relatively little has been written about the historical antecedents of these popular Tibetan religions for a want of sources. This monograph helps remedy this large gap in Tibetan studies by drawing upon the author’s surveys of rock art and rock inscriptions conducted in upmost Tibet between 1995 and 2013.

AUTHOR
John Vincent Bellezza PhD is an archaeologist and cultural historian specialising in the pre-Buddhist heritage of Tibet. Author of twelve books and numerous articles, Bellezza has over many years comprehensively charted archaic monuments and rock art in Upper Tibet and has worked extensively on Old Tibetan mytho-ritual texts.

REVIEW
‘John Vincent Bellezza has carried out extensive surveys in the Tibetan plateau, and his knowledge of this vast territory and its sites is unsurpassed. Bellezza simply walked across mountain deserts and climbed mountain passes, and literally documented everything. Every scholar of Tibetology will be extremely interested in reading this.’ Professor Luca Maria Olivieri, Ca' Foscari University of Venice

Table of Contents (S2995_ToC.pdf, 229 Kb) [Download]

Introduction (S2995_Introduction.pdf, 262 Kb) [Download]