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

Affiche S.Broglia de MouraConférence SEECHAC

Material and cultural interactions between Ladakh and Central Asia from 1er to 8e century d.n.è: the new ceramic data of the Dras Valley.

by Samara Broglia de Moura (doctoral student at EPHE/CRCAO)

February 23, 2021 at 6 p.m.

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wabisabi webExhibition WABI-SABI

The Barbier-Mueller Museum of Geneva organizes a new exhibition


confronting the objects of his collection with Steve McCurry's photographs.

We are happy to find there, in a showcase, a Laké from the Kathmandu valley that was part of the Roof of the World collections.

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Since the dawn of time, shamans have fascinated us. Who are they? What is their role? What are their tools? How does one become a shaman? Richly illustrated, this book depicts the evolution of the figure of the shaman in the Western imagination. From the first accounts of the encounter to the stories of shamans of today, the ethnologist SEBASTIEN BAUD explores the links between visible and invisible, human and animal, culture and nature as the shamanic societies conceive them. 2 3

CORINE SOMBRUN, in turn, presents us with the exciting quest for the links between trance and neuroscience. A true journey through time to discover the shamanism of yesterday and today.

Etude du paysagePhoto : Bamiyan,
Afghanistan © Roland Lin
Cultural Landscape Studies and Heritage Conservation in Muslim Asia

The first course of the EPHE seminar given by Roland LIN Chih-Hung entitled:

Étude du paysage culturel et conservation du patrimoine en Asie

will take place on Friday, November 27th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Interested persons must pre-register by writing to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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masqueMasks for the Dance Phagli Festival - Himachal Pradesh
Collection Tom van Groeningen

by Tom van Groeningen with an interview by dr. Stephan Steinmetz PhD

The more than a hundred tribal masks in this publication are a selection of the extensive collection of the Dutchman Tom van Groeningen (1948) of the extraordinary masks from the Kullu Valley in the State of Himachal Pradesh in North-West India. Van Groeningen is not an average collector of tribal art. He chooses on the basis of beauty and provenance and focuses on the stories and people behind the masks. He puts the objects into the context of the religious and cultural settings of the region in India. ‘All my masks have danced,’ he says with a twinkling in his eye. What drives Van Groeningen? How did his collection grow? What makes his masks so appealing to the imagination? These are the questions that are answered in this rich publication.

(ISBN 97890 79700 00 4, 112 pp., 220x320 mm, full colour, sewn, hardcover) 0 1 2

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Dealing with Disasters2020Dealing with Disasters

Diana Riboli et Stefano Beggiora du comité d'honneur de l'association, avec le professeur David Torri sortent un nouveau livre intitulé : Dealing with Disasters - Perspectives from Eco-Cosmologies.

"Providing a fresh look at some of the pressing issues of our world today, this collection focuses on experiential and ritualized coping practices in response to a multitude of environmental challenges—cyclones, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, earthquakes, warfare and displacements of peoples and environmental resource exploitation. Eco-cosmological practices conducted by skilled healing practitioners utilize knowledge embedded in the cosmological grounding of place and experiences of place and the landscapes in which such experience is encapsulated. A range of geographic case studies are presented in this volume, exploring Asia, Europe, the Pacific, and South America. With special reference throughout to ritual as a mode of seeking the stabilization, renewal, and continuity of life processes, this volume will be of particular interest to readers working in shamanic and healing practices, environmental concerns surrounding sustainability and conservation, ethnomedical systems, and religious and ritual studies."

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Turned towards the stars

From September 12, 2020 to March 7, 2021

International Museum of Carnival and Mask - Binche-Belgium,

The people of Papua New Guinea, the Abelams are known for creating images of incredible intensity. Exhibited for the first time in Belgium, the Abelam masks come from the exceptional collection of a Canadian gallery owner, Marc Assayag.

Because of Covid-19, we invite you to send an email to the address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to know the new exhibition dates.

ExorcisingExorcising Ancestors Conquering Heaven: Himalayan Rituals in Context

Éditions VAJRA PUBLICATIONS is releasing a new book entitled:

Exorcising Ancestors Conquering Heaven: Himalayan Rituals in Context

By Brigitte Steinmann, Mukta Singh Tamang, Thuden Gyalchen Lama


This volume is a first attempt at gathering together, translating, describing and analysing an immemorial textual and oral Nepalese Buddhist heritage, doomed to disappear: a most antique form of veneration of major figures of the Buddhist religion of the Tamangs, based on Tibetan corpus. The analysis is centered around the recreation and final dissolution of both ferocious and pacific images of their gods and ancestors. Multiple dramas and rehearsals featuring the complex rules of the society and all the obstacles encountered by people in their day to day lives, are played theatrically under the guidance of the Head rnyingmapa Lama and/ or the Bard. Books, dramas, recitations, speak of fiercely combatting hordes of demons, enemies of the group, of eliminating a scapegoat and of using for this all the resources of a very high-mountain environment, though far away in fact from where the ceremony in question is performed. People claim loud and clear to have descended from kings who came from the top of an original mountain situated in the centre of the world and touching the sky.

Similarly, Funeral rites founded on a conceptualisation of the phases of death, and Teachings for the laity recited by the local bard, suggest that today’s Tamangs’ ancestors may well have been contemporaneous with ancient Mongolian societies, all of them adepts of the old Bon religion and prior to periods when the great literature of the northern Treasure-texts gterma disseminated in Nepal from the seventeenth century onwards, was introduced.

This long-term work is the result of a collective effort bringing together the skills of researchers, ethnologists and historians, passionate about the world of these Buddhist populations of Nepal.

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