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Interaction in the Himalayas and Central Asia

Eva ALLINGER, Frantz GRENET, Christian JAHODA, Maria-Katharina LANG, Anne VERGATI (eds)
Interaction in the Himalayas and Central Asia: Processes of Transfer, Translation and Transformation in Art, Archaeology, Religion and Polity. Reihe: Denkschriften der philosophisch-historischen Klasse, Band: 495, Reihe: Veröffentlichungen zur Sozialanthropologie, Band: 22

(ISBN: 978-3-7001-8073-9)

The boundaries of cultural geographies—real and imagined—did not become permeable and subject to dynamic processes only in the present. In the past, various forms of transfer, translation und transformation were already of great importance in the Himalayas, Tibet and Central Asia, also due to their position as zones of contact and interaction between India, Persia and China. Interaction and mobility of people and goods (as well as transfer of knowledge and technology) was not only characteristic of trade relations, diplomatic and political networks and religious activities (such as pilgrimage) but was also highly relevant for example with regard to the spread and circulation of concepts and forms of art and architecture.

All nineteen original contributions by experts from various fields of knowledge and disciplines including archaeology, architecture, art history, social anthropology as well as Central Asian, Mongolian and Tibetan Studies address past and current processes of transfer, translation and transformation in art, archaeology, religion and polity. The division of the contributions into three parts—I Transfer and Interaction in Central Asia and Tibet; II Translation and Adoption of Art and Architecture in the Western Himalayas; III Patterns of Transformation in Tibet, Nepal, Mongolia, and Central Asia—is based on a combination of thematic, historical and regional aspects.

With contributions by Christian Jahoda (introduction), Élise Luneau, Lhagvasuren Erdenebold, Oscar Nalesini, Ciro Lo Muzio, Frantz Grenet, David Thomas Pritzker, Tianshu Zhu, Eva Allinger, Amy Heller and Charlotte Eng, Christiane Kalantari, Finbarr Barry Flood, Marialaura Di Mattia, Hubert Feiglstorfer, Lewis Doney, Quentin Devers, Marie Lecomte-Tilouine, Isabelle Charleux, Ágnes Birtalan and Maria-Katharina Lang.