Books on Muktinath
Muktinath Culture, published by The Institute for Himalayan Conservation (IHC) in 1998. 64 pages; 16,5 cm x. 26,5 cm. Translation of the original Nepali Muktinat kshetrako samskriti with a short foreword by the anthropologist Dr. Charles Ramble. It covers a wide spectrum of subjects relating to Muktinath and the villages in Muktinath Valley, with b&w pictures and drawings. Unfortunately, there is no mention of specific sources used. Available in book-shops in Kathmandu, Nepal only.
Himalayan Pilgrimage, A Cultural & Historical Guide
by Don Messerschmidt. Published by Sahayogi Press in Kathmandu,
1992. 79 pages; 14 x 19,5 cm. Based on Messerschmidt's
study of the Hindu aspects of Muktinath as a pilgrimage destination,
which was published in 1981. It is the result of field research
and anthropological analysis. The study is presented in two
parts: the cultural geography of pilgrimage and the social process.
It contains a glossary, ten pages of notes, and a comprehensive
bibliography, with b&w photos taken by the author.
- A Journal of Himalayan Studies: Places
of Pilgrimage in Thag (Thakkhola), by David
Snellgrove and Tshampa Ngawang of Drumpa. Published by
Ratna Pustak Bhandar, Bhotahity, Kathmandu, Nepal in 1979 (Vol. 7,
No. 2). 101 pages (69-170); 18,3 cm x 24,1 cm.
This issue of Kailash describes the Tibetan-Buddhist pilgrimage sites along the Gandaki River from the former kingdom Thag up till Lo Monthang in the former kingdom Mustang. The translated texts (Eng.) are based on three 17 th- early 18 th century Tibetan Buddhist manuscripts: The Record of the Five Representative Treasures; A Description of Chumig Gyatsa, the Place of Promendade Self-Produced, Ku-tsab-ter-nga, the Great Mount Muli(...) and Record of Chumig Gyatsa.
(Out of print.) See also The Clear Mirror, A Pilgrimage Guide to the Major Sacred Place Chumig Gyatsa.
Backgrounds on Muktinath-Chumig Gyatsa can be found in the Muktinath Picture Album and in the Brief Introduction to Muktinath. For the main written sources used for these backgrounds see the Reference Page.
Books on Annapurna
For books on the Annapurna circuit and the Annapurna summit, please go to the Annapurna Books Section.
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