Front cover

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Title Page, Map, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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Foreword

Éric Valli

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pp. ix-x

It’s often my search for hidden lands—beyul, as the Tibetans call them—that triggers my most beautiful and wild adventures. That’s why David Zurick’s quest in the Himalaya for what he calls sacred architectures interested me straightaway. Imagine a several years’...

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Introduction

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pp. xi-2

In 2004 I began traveling in the Himalaya and Tibet with a largeformat camera and sheet film to make black-and-white photographs of sacred places in the region: monasteries, shrines, and temples; scriptural carvings on rocks; prayer flags; the sources or confluences...

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Gallery One: Nature

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pp. 3-28

Geographers refer to mountains as high-energy environments due to the restless powers of tectonic uplift, gravity, and erosion. Working together in a geological cycle, these forces give rise in Tibet and the Himalaya to some of the planet’s grandest...

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Gallery Two: Place

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pp. 29-58

The geographer Yi Fu Tuan employed the term topophilia to describe the affinity a person may have for a place. He suggested that such affinity comes from a sense of both love and fear: love in the way that place-based experience and emotion create a...

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Gallery Three: Networks

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pp. 59-78

The places that appear in a sacred geography of Tibet and the Himalaya do not exist in isolation but rather are interwoven within a spatial grid of pilgrimage routes, ceremonial grounds, scriptural transmissions, and trailside markers, all made cohesive by religious...

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Gallery Four: Change

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pp. 79-100

Change and dissolution are among the hallmarks of religious thought in Tibet and the Himalaya. From its inception, Tibetan Buddhism has stressed impermanence as essential to spiritual liberation—all attempts to cling to the past will result only in future...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 101-102

A project such as this one, spanning a decade and much challenging terrain, happens only with a great deal of assistance and support. I’d like to thank the following individuals and institutions for their help during the course of my work on this book...

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A Note on the Last Photoghraph

David Zurick

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pp. 103-104

The image “Mt. Kailash, Tibet, 2013” is the last photograph in my Sacred Geography series and the only one made with a digital camera. All other photographs appearing in this book are silver gelatin prints created from four by five negatives. The story is this...

Captions

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pp. 105-118

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 119-122