The detailed account of the travels that Chinese monks made in the 7th century to India, in search of Buddhist texts. Among these pilgrimages rich in adventures, that of Hiuan-tsang is the most famous because it inspired one of the most famous novels in Chinese literature, Journey to the West.
The life of Turkmens of Iran, and more particularly of the Agholi family, settled but still nomadic at heart. A fascinating testimony.
The story unfolds in the 13th century, during the age of the great Mongol invasions, 10 years after the death of Genghis Khan. Barlas and his men, the horsemen of Tängri, undertake a perilous expedition, within what seems to them to be the ends of world. On their journey, riddled with pitfalls,, a beautiful captive will touch Barlas' heart. Pentti Niskanen, a native Finnish speaker, wrote Barlas in French before translating it into Finnish.
The author tells the story of his participation in the Citroën Center Asia expedition, known as the Yellow Cruise (1931-1933). He recounts his adventures and his romantic encounters with humor and self-mockery.
Based on her own memories, A. Thiorix recounts the discovery of Asia by a young French woman in the first half of the 20th century, through her evocation of the places she visited or lived in and the people she encountered.
A commented collection of texts of spiritual awakening outcomes of Buddhist and Taoist traditions, where the spiritual path is represented by the training steps of the buffalo, the horse and the elephant. The Chinese, Tibetan and Japanese texts are accompanied by their translations into French and their traditional illustrations.
An explanation of the mystical and aesthetic significance of Hindu dance, the music, the language of the gestures (the mudra), and the five different styles of classical dance (bharat-natyam, kathakali, mohini anam, kathak, manipouri). Numerous black and white illustrations included.
The famous Sanskrit poem of the loves of Râdhâ and Krishna, written in the 12th century, model of rhetoric and gallant art, to magnify love.
These popular tales which tell wonderful stories are quite comparable to the mysteries played out in the Middle Ages on the forecourt of our cathedrals.
Synthesis on the social, cultural, religious and artistic history of Tibet. Reference book by the master of Tibetan civilizations.