Books on Muktinath
MFI Books to
Places of Pilgrimage
Books to Be Published
The MFI is preparing
two books on Muktinath. One book, with the title "Hundred Waters",
will be a book for the main public. The other book will be a collection
of (updated) scientific articles on Muktinath-Chumig Gyatsa. We hope
to publish this book in 2009 by Brill
Academic Publishers. The managing editors are Dr.
Ramesh Dhungel and MFI President André
Kalden. Due to the amount of new results of research and current
lack of funds for the MFI
Knowledge Base Project, the books will not be published before
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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.
(Out of print.)
- 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
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.
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