Photographs from De long en large Ladakh by Jean Mansion - Édition Findakly. Copyright Lise Mansion

GhurrasOpening of our next exhibition

We invite you to the opening of our next exhibition


which will take place on


at 6pm, still at 6 rue Visconti.

This set of 91 pieces will present a wide panorama of the styles that the Himalayan mountain people gave to these utilitarian objects intended to keep the baraton upright during churning.

A selection of 23 pieces will be available: Download the catalogue

HSC6 Conference Abstracts imageHimalayan Studies Conference (HSC6) - Toronto

Download here the summary and programme, with information on the venues and sessions, as well as the summaries of the panels and round tables. 

Download : Conference Abstracts, Program. 2

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seechacSEECHAC October 2022 Conference

Locating Literature, Lived Religion, and Lives in the Himalayas: The Van Manen Collection
(Localisation de la littérature, de la religion vécue et des vies dans l'Himalaya: la collection Van Manen)

by Berthe Jansen - Leiden University

Tuesday 25 October 2022, at 18:00, auditorium of the Cernuschi Museum.

The Van Manen collection, held at the University Library of Leiden, contains a large number of Tibetan and Himalayan texts. These began to arrive in Leiden in the 1920s and 1930s, when texts were sent from India, together with Sanskrit and other Indian material, by Johan Van Manen (1877-1943). After Van Manen's death in 1943, a large part of his personal collection was also kept at the Kern Institute, which is now part of Leiden University. Later, the objects he collected, both his personal collection and what he had been commissioned to buy for the University, were kept in the Leiden Ethnographic Museum (Museum Volkenkunde) where they remain to this day. While it was a relatively important resource for earlier generations of scholars of Tibetan and wider Himalayan studies, in recent years the collection has become more or less forgotten.

In this talk I will present some of the fascinating aspects of this collection: autobiographies written by non-elite ethnic Tibetans living in the 1920s; a collection of yeti folk stories; rare ritual manuscripts; Van Manen's letters, religious instruments collected in the greater Kalimpong area, etc. I will further elaborate on what a potential study of this multimedia collection as a whole and in its entirety could offer to the fields of Himalayan studies, colonial history, art history I will further elaborate on what a potential study of this multimedia collection as a whole and in its entirety could offer to the fields of Himalayan studies, colonial history, art history, linguistics and museum studies.

Tibetan and Himalayan Studies lecture series HU BerlinTibetan & Himalayan Studies Lectures Series

The programme of a series of lectures organised by the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

On 02 November 2022, 6 pm CEST, mee David Andolfatto (Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies) who will speak on the subject of:

Maṅgal Bahudvāra Caitya

The archaeological excavation of a 19th Century Tashi Gomang Stūpa in Svayambhū, Nepal

Registration - Download the poster.


SEECHAC September 2022 Conference

Glory to the Goddess - Around a Nepalese manuscript of the Devimahatmya kept in the Guimet Museum,

by Thierry Zéphir, study engineer at the Musée National des Arts Asiatiques-Guimet.

The conference will be held on 22 September 2022 at 18:00 in the auditorium of the Musée Cernuschi.

Developed in India during the Gupta period (4th-6th century), the Devimahatmya is one of the most important texts of the Hindu religious currents known as Shakta. For the followers of these spiritual paths, the source of all things in the universe is feminine in essence and referred to simply as Devi, « la Déesse »

In a myriad of forms, often warrior and combatant, Devi manifests her supreme and immeasurable power by overcoming the forces of evil. In an epic and lyrical style, the Sanskrit text narrates the exploits of the one who is « as resplendent and as beautiful as the sun ».

In the light of an 18th century Nepalese illuminated manuscript preserved in the collections of the Musée Guimet, we propose to revisit the genesis and development of the Devimatmya, both in India and in Nepal, where this text is one of those most frequently copied and illustrated.

The announcement can be found on the SEECHAC website:

GRITHTibetan studies in France (20th century): testimonies and memories

To celebrate its tenth anniversary, the SFEMT is bringing together the teachers and researchers who have made the history of Tibetan studies in France over the past decades. They will talk about their beginnings in the discipline, evoke the constitution of Tibetan studies as a scientific cultural area, share their memories of here and elsewhere and offer their perspectives on the future.

The event will take place on 23 September 2022 between 16:00 and 19:00 in the Grand Salon of the Maison de l'Asie (22, av. du Président Wilson, 75016 Paris).

Participation in the event is by registration and subject to availability (write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

The announcement can be found on the SFEMT website:

GRITHConference of the Inter-University Research Group on Tibet and the Himalayas (GRITH)

“Non-Buddhist Ritual Traditions of Tibet: The Case of Enigmatic Leu (le’u)”

Thursday 22 September 2022 at 6 pm (Montreal time)

By Pr. Daniel Berounsky (Charles University, Prague)


Buddhism spread in Tibet at a time close to the emergence of Tibetan script (7th century) and the formation of the Tibetan Empire, and was officially supported by the ruling classes from the 8th century onwards. Nevertheless, we have preserved written non-Buddhist ritual texts dating from the time of the Tibetan Empire (these are mainly texts from Dunhuang and the Gathang Bumpa Stupa).

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The influence of these little-known non-Buddhist rituals, however, is imprinted in contemporary Buddhist rituals across all sects of Tibetan Buddhism. These include rituals of ransom offering (glud), summoning prosperity (g.yang 'gugs), the ubiquitous smoke purification (bsang), etc. Non-Buddhist rituals were firmly linked to the recitation of a myth about the origin of the ritual that gave them meaning. These myths disappeared in Buddhist versions, and the rituals were often simplified and artificially linked to key Buddhist concepts.

This talk will focus on a non-Buddhist ritual tradition from the forested north-eastern edge of the Tibetan Plateau that until recently used the recitation of origin myths. This tradition was known as leu (le'u). It disappeared after the Cultural Revolution in China, but we have preserved hundreds of ritual texts scattered in the households of this area in the Minshan Mountain Range. However, the term leu is familiar to Buddhist texts, and even more so to texts of the monastic Bön tradition from after the 10th century. It appears most often as a designation of specific deities (le'u lha), but secondarily also as a designation of a particular tradition and a name for ritual specialists.

Although the term leu means ‘section,’ ‘chapter in a book’ or ‘part of a ritual’ in Tibetan, there are references in medical texts to the term also referring to ‘foetus.’ I will try to argue that leu deities were spirits associated with fertility who were believed to bring offspring to humans. Although it seems likely that the core of this tradition originated in the eastern part of the Tibetan Plateau, references to leu in Buddhist and monastic Bön texts suggest that their influence was not limited to this geographical area even centuries ago.

Online on zoom:

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The gallery Le Toit du Monde is pleased to inform you of the exhibition




which will be presented throughout September at 6 rue Visconti - 75006 Paris.

A vernissage will be held on Thursday 1 September 2022 at 6 p.m.

This exhibition is a tribute to François Boulanger and Françoise Bouhière

Most of the pieces on display were from their personal collection. This included a superb set of musical instruments, including 600 sanza acquired by the Cité de la Musique Museum in Paris and the MIM Museum of Musical Instruments in Brussels. The pieces from their collection that we are exhibiting are complemented by pieces from Annick Cical's collection, and are the subject of a catalogue available at the gallery during the exhibition and for download here.

MYTH And COSMOLOGY©Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA)Please find below the programme of the Santal events:

On September 01, 06 and 09, 2022 the film BANAM, MYTH AND COSMOLOGY OF SANTHALS directed by Bappa Ray (42 Min) will be shown at 6pm.

On 05, 07 and 10 September 2022, a series of photographs taken in 1982 in Orissa in the Chandragiri region (François Boulanger collection) will be shown at 6 pm.

Please note that the gallery will close early on 08 September.

We hope you will continue to attend our events.