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By Helena Norberg-Hodge

A gripping portrait of the western Himalayan land occasionally referred to as “Little Tibet,” Ancient Futures opens with writer Helena Norberg-Hodge’s first stopover at in 1975 to idyllic, preindustrial Ladakh. She then tracks the profound alterations that happened because the zone used to be opened to international travelers and Western items and applied sciences, and provides a firsthand account of ways relentless strain for financial development prompted generational and spiritual clash, unemployment, inflation, and environmental harm, threatening to solve Ladakh’s conventional method of life.

Energized by means of the destiny of a those who had captured her middle, Norberg-Hodge helped determine the Ladakh venture (later renamed the overseas Society for Ecology and tradition) to hunt sustainable suggestions that look after cultural integrity and environmental future health whereas addressing the starvation for modernization. considering the fact that then, different Ladakh-based tasks have proliferated, assisting renewable power platforms, neighborhood agricultural equipment, and the non secular foundations of Ladakhi culture.

The author’s new afterword brings readers up to date at the paintings of those initiatives and on her personal profession over numerous a long time as she traveled extensively, looking at comparable affects on different cultures. She demanding situations us to reconsider our suggestions of “development” and “progress,” stressing specially the necessity to hold historic knowledge into our future.

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In the daytime she would usually take him with her if she was working in the fields. But caring for the baby was not her job alone. Everyone looked after him. Someone was always there to kiss and cuddle him. o - lo . . Alo -lo-lo. . Please give a happy sleep to our little one! Alo - lo - lo . . The traditional way of life allows mothers and children to remain together at all times. When villagers, gather to discuss important issues, or at festivals and parties, children of all ages are always present.

Relations among these three groups have changed in recent years, but when I arrived they all showed profound mutual respect and an easygoing tolerance, strengthened by quite frequent intermarriages. On the main festival days of the respective religions, people of all groups would visit one another, exchanging katats, the ceremonial white scarves. In my first few months in Ladakh, I was invited to join in the festivities at the time of Id, a Muslim holiday. I will never forget the sense of warmth and good humor as Buddhists and Muslims sat down together.

Fewer married women means fewer children. Women who do not marry become nuns. And, in fact, a large number of men, usually one or more of the younger brothers, also remain unmarried, living as monks. Thus polyandry has worked hand in hand with the monasticism of Tibetan Buddhism. Technically illegal since 1942, polyandry was much less common when I arrived than it had been in days gone by. To what extent it had decreased is difficult to judge; it is not clear how prevalent it was in its heyday.

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