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Archaeology of Zangskar Valley
Authorship Description
Dr. R. C. Agrawal.
Bibliographical Details xxvi, 194 p. ills. (partly col.). maps. 30 cm.
Edition, Place & Publisher 1st ed. Delhi, Sharada Publishing House.
ISBN-10 9383221208
ISBN-13 9789383221202, 978-9383221202
Year of Publication 2018.
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Archaeology of Zangskar Valley

"Zangskar, Zanskar popularly known as the land of white copper is a part of Ladakh of Jammu and Kashmir state. Buddhism reached here around eighth century CE and with some half continued to thrive. Prior to eighth century CE, Zangskar was inhabited by the Dards, the original inhabitants of Ladakh region.

The first European (Hungarian) who visited Zangskar was Csoma de Koros. He arrived in 1823 and spent considerable time in Zangla and Phugtal monasteries studying the Tibetan language and grammar. He produced a dictionary of Tibetan-English language and died in Kolkata. After him several scholars visited Zangskar and studied the various aspects of Zangskari life, but no comprehensive attempt was made to explore the area from archaeological point of view.

In the present study, an attempt has been made to explore the rich archaeological wealth of the region by studying the sites and monasteries and objects housed therein. The whole study has been divided into severval chapters covering sculpture and carvings, monasteries, chortens and mane walls, having carvings. Along with the monasteries some numneries were also surveyed, a neglected area in the stufy of Himalayan Buddhism. Here an attempt has been made through extensive field survey to analyse the monastic system prevalent and economic pattern of the monastery. Detailed analysis has also been carried out of the paintings exectuted in various monasteries.

The brief life-sketch of Lotsava Rinchen-Zang-po who revived Buddhism and Alexander Csoma de Koros who visited Zangskar during the nineteenth century, and stayed is also appended."
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List of Illustrations

1. Introduction

2. Geological and Morphological Setting of Zangskar

3. Human Adaptation to Environment in Zangskar

4. Sani Gonpa Complex

5. Karsha Gonpa Complex

6. Rangdom Gonpa

7. Stongde Gonpa

8. Stagrimo Gonpa

9. Dzongkhul Gonpa

10. Barden Gonpa

11. Zangla Fort and Gonpa

12. Phugtal Gonpa

13. Mune Gonpa

14. Phey Gonpa

15. Ating Gonpa

16. Tungri Gonpa (Nunnery)

17. Langmi Gonpa

18. Chambaling Gonpa (Maitreya Temple)

19. Dorje Zong Chomoling (Nunnery)

20. Shila Lha-Khang, Khar and Ancient Remains

21. Sterkuntse Gonpa and Sani Nunnery

22. Stilaste Chorten and Gonpa

23. Old Chorten Karsha

24. Monastic Communities in Zangskar

25. Monastic Economic System in Zangskar

26. Conclusion




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