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

invitation sandy ARCH/WORLD ROOF PARTY, MARCH 2022

Our next party, the 63ᵉ, will be held on Wednesday, March 9, 2022

It will be dedicated to the book

A.W. Macdonald

We will be happy to present the launch.

At the gallery Le Toit du Monde, 6 rue Visconti, from 6 pm to 9 pm.

Life story

Posthumous biography, was published by Anne Vergati with the support of the Ethnological Society.

From fighting in the Indian Army in Burma to his work as an ethnologist in the Himalayas, his life has been particularly rich and diversified.

Various researchers who collaborated with him, in particular Charles Ramble who prefaced the book, will comment on it.

We thank you for registering to participate at :

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pommaret textilesARCH/WORLD ROOF PARTY, FEBRUARY 2022

Our next party, the 62ᵉ, will be held on Thursday, February 17, 2022

It will be dedicated to the book

The Extraordinary Life of The Fourteenth Dalai Lama 

Narrated by the Dalai Lama

Conference Summary:

The author being in New York, it will take place, like the previous ones, through Zoom and in English. Adrien Viel will be in charge of the animation.
Because of the time difference, it will take place at 06:00 PM in Paris.

To attend it will be necessary to connect by Zoom to this address : 2

Meeting ID: 988 4792 2709

Secret code: 855941


We have the pleasure to receive the tibetologist Françoise Pommaret, for a conference on

Les Textiles du Bhoutan
le 20 Jan 2022 04:00 PM Paris by Zoom.

Résumé de la conférence :

Bhutan has a diversity of textiles unparalleled in the Himalayan world. In terms of techniques, fibers and patterns, it is more similar to Southeast Asia than to the Tibetan culture. In Bhutan, textiles and weaving are at the same time an art of living, a cultural identity marker and a social marker. We explore these multiple facets through an illustrated and commented presentation.

To participate in the Zoom meeting:

Meeting ID: 920 8234 8661

Secret code: 982329

STEINMANN Photo 1ARCH / SEEA evening in January 2022 x

in collaboration with the Society of Euro-Asian Studies (SEEA), we will find

Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 6:30 PM,

in the workshop room 1 in the basement of the Quai Branly - Jacques-Chirac Museum
(free admission)

Brigitte STEINMANN (Professor Emeritus, Social Anthropology, University of Lille)

Exorcism rituals using subterfuge for demons (linga, mdos, scapegoat) in Indo-Tibetan traditions in Nepal: reversing the forces of life (Eros) and death (Thanatos) by exorcising the ancestors


The couple "Eros and Thanatos", whether we want to characterize it by the opposition of life and death, the association of sexual and death drives, or love and carnal pleasure as opposed to cadaverization and putrefaction, continues to cross space and time in Western Europe. We find a counterpoint to this in East Asia, referring first to Indian traditions that depict the phallus of the god Śiva erected above the yoni, or womb of the goddess. This sculptural assemblage is indeed presented in infinite artistic variety, and symbolizes the ideas of creation and destruction, the powers of life and death, combining in a quasi-organic union the organs of the god Śiva and the goddess or primordial force (shakti). We want to show how, in Tibetan tantric dances ('cham) and many of the ritual celebrations related to the cycles of life and death among the Indo-Tibetan populations of Nepal, similar male and female energies are represented and dealt with around the construction and destruction of a liṅgam (Sanskrit term), a male or female anthropomorphic figure, sometimes bisexual, drawn on a paper support or fabricated to embody evil, the personal enemy, or the enemy of the whole religion. Long and complex tantric and exorcistic rituals are played and replayed in Indo-Tibetan ritual theater, through dances, visualizations and ephemeral constructions (of the mdos type), in which the aim is to destroy the 'demon-obstacles' that attack the person, while letting the 'soul' of these demons exhale, a procedure that reinforces the power of the officiant.

Through illustrated analyses of Buddhist funeral and ancestral rituals in Nepal, we show how the treatment of liṅgam, the fabrication of mdos supports, and the use of a scapegoat, invert the Western philosophical relationship between Eros and Thanatos : in the Tibetan Buddhist perspective, everything happens indeed as if pleasure, love, sexuation and death, all concepts embodied throughout Greco-Latin antiquity in distinct allegorical figures, were on the contrary and always fundamentally indistinguishable in the Indo-Tibetan worlds. We want to illustrate how, in the latter, it is from the destruction of an external enemy that liberation and the exit from suffering comes. This destruction, which is also the deliverance of a 'soul'implies an inverted reading of the relationship between Eros and Thanatos, if indeed liberation from the cycle of existences can only occur with the elimination-liberation of a 'bisexual' liṅgam, the making and destruction of mdos representing the ancestors, and the elimination of a scapegoat. Thus is cancelled the separation of being between Eros as infinite tension and desire, and Thanatos as final death or annihilation.

Statue dIndraThe evenings of December 2021

We continue our collaboration A.R.C.H. / Société des Études Euros-Asiatiques, and propose the

Thursday, December 9 at 6:30 pm,
in the cinema room of the musée du quai Branly (in the basement - free access) a conference by

Gérard Toffin
Directeur de Recherche Émérite du CNRS


Iconographie et contexte culturel.

les femmes chamanesThursday, December 16 at 5 p.m.

through the Zoom

Sylvie Lasserre

will present and comment on his book

Avec les femmes chamanes d'Asie Centrale

His intervention will begin with a film.

It will be necessary to connect by going to Zoom:

Meeting ID: 989 4186 4724 - Secret code: 459195


Le ciel et la marmitte

The sky and the pot
With the women shamans of Central Asia

We are on the borders of Uzbekistan, at the height of winter. In the distance, the snowy peaks of the Turkestan mountains. A dry river, which serves as a track. At the edge, a farm, the last one before Tajikistan. There lives Mayram, a renowned shaman, whose life Sylvie Lasserre has shared. A few years later, on the other side of the border, the author befriends Mavlyuda, another renowned shaman.

In this remote region of Central Asia where shamanism has a strong pre-Islamic background, Mayram and Mavlyuda heal women in rituals called ko'ch' during which strange phenomena occur.

Through these rituals that she deciphers, the author shares with us emotions and life stories for an in-depth journey into the fascinating universe of this shamanic ritual. With the passing of the pages, the initial incredulity fades away, while another vision of a world questioning in hollow the faults of our modern societies is revealed.

Born in Morocco, doctor in physics, Sylvie Lasserre left a career as an engineer to start writing, photography and reporting. She has been traveling through Central Asia since 2004. She graduated from the EPHE in social anthropology and is a member of the Asian Society.