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DetailsFor most people Nepal conjures up images of the Himalayas, but Nepal is much more than that. It is the sanctuary of the main Asian religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Shamanism, where most traditions have been left untouched by foreign influences. In fact, the Kathmandu Valley keeps itself alive with the antique traditions of the virginity cult.The living Goddess or the Kumari Devi is the most important character for any traditional Nepalese. She is the Goddess protecting the country and it is only after her benediction that the King of Nepal had the permission to lead the country's affairs for the following year.Nepal is also a sanctuary of nature and races. Its climate, flora and fauna are extremely rich and shelter a number of ethnic groups. These little groups live precariously within harsh natural elements, through heat and cold, subtropical rains and high altitude deserts, and have astonishing communal organisations, which could be considered as a model in our modern society.The arts of Nepal are splendid and in plenty. The country is known of course for its architectural treasures mainly present in the Katmandu valley. The wooden sculptures of their struts are unique in the world as are the excellent golden bronzes admired in the public places and the numerous temples of Buddhist and Hindu religions.The Buddhist Thangka paintings are world famous and the murals of the monasteries and temples evoke envy. Nepal is home to mysterious festivals and many rituals are still practiced with as much faith and belief as they were centuries ago. Festivals to call the rain through Macchendranath, to celebrate the memory of the dead, to thank the God of rains after the season.ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Michelle Beguin: In his own Words: French by birth, I studied in Paris and chose to become an Arts Teacher. That stage over, I continued towards History of Arts in the Ecole du Louvre in Paris and added one year of interior designing in Camondo. My studies finished while waiting for the right breakthrough, some proposals to lead groups in Asia gave me the opportunity to travel.It became my occupation for a long time and travelling extensively, I visited the Eastern world from Iran to Japan. It has been a very busy life from which I learnt a lot about people and countries of that part of the world. Then to illustrate yearly talks about the Indian Subcontinent, I took back to photography and did not leave it since then. It is a passion. Writing books about Asian subjects, arts and destinations making the photos and the text.
SKU Code PRK B 6282 Weight in Kg 0.2000 Brand Bookwomb Dispatch Period in Days 3 ISBN No. 9788172341602 Author Name MICHELE BEGUIN Publisher Name PRAKASH BOOKS