An Account of Tibet: The Travels of Ippolito Desideri of by Filippo De Filippi

By Filippo De Filippi

First released in 1932.
As good as an in depth advent, this variation includes notes to all 4 books, a bibliographical index, a common index and an index of Tibetan phrases. The creation is especially invaluable in that it units the significance of Desideri's venture within the normal context of the Jesuit Missions to Tibet.
In Desideri's account we obtain the 1st exact basic description of Tibet: from the wildlife to the sociological and anthropological features of the folks and an entire exposition of Lamaism. His is the one entire reconstruction that we own of the Tibetan faith, based completely on canonical texts. And all of this greater than a century earlier than Europeans had any wisdom of the Tibetan language.

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Moreover, the king offered them a suitable residence, and made ample provision for their , and being unacquainted with their habits and wants, appointed a page to inform him if at any time they should be in need of anything. For all these happy beginnings, difficulties were not slow in coming. Presently there appeared at the court two lamas, disciples of the Dharma Rajah, and, as was soon evident, emissaries of the latter, to make the of the two missionaries impossible. They endeavoured to see the king personally, but on failing in this, they made use of go-betweens.

Moreover, Puini, faced by an account so ample as this, in fairly good order as regards the material, but, except for a at the end, written in a continuous whole without books or chapters, adopted an unusual method in works of this kind; he composed a descriptive book on Tibet divided into chapters according to the material, and to each chapter he appended a portion of Desideri‘s manuscript bearing on the . It follows that the manuscript became secondary—little more, in , than an appendix; not even its title was kept.

We learn nothing further about the fate of the scattered community. 30 Andrade meanwhile had been thoroughly informed of the of things and was going back to Tsaparang in person. Six others were to go with him. But while he was in the of his preparations, he suddenly died, 19th March, 1634, with symptoms of poisoning. 32 Copies of three of his letters to the Provincial of Goa, Father Alvaro de Tavarez, have been preserved, so we are fairly fully acquainted with what befell the missionaries. The undertaking, then, was an utter failure, a series of reverses and , which might have dashed the spirits of the ardent.

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