Buchpräsentation: Toni Huber (29.01.2020)

Source of Life

On January 29, 2020, subsequent to a guest lecture by Toni Huber, Professor of Tibetan Studies at the Humboldt University of Berlin, his new book Source of Life: Revitalisation Rites and Bon Shamans in Bhutan and the Eastern Himalayas (Vienna: Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, Publications in Social Anthropology, 24) was presented to a scholarly audience at ISA’s seminar room.
In this comprehensive work three new inquiries into little-known highland populations of the extended Eastern Himalayas are presented. The central concern is ethnographic documentation of peoples’ proactive quest for life, in terms of fertility, virility, procreation and revitalisation by way of practicing their ritual cultures. The work also provides fresh perspectives for understanding ‘bon’-identified cultural phenomena in Himalayan and Tibetan societies. The final inquiry explores new hypotheses about the ethnolinguistic identities and prehistory of speakers within the Tibeto-Burman language family.