Ancient Futures: Lessons from Ladakh for a Globalizing World by Helena Norberg-Hodge

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 was once opened to overseas travelers and Western items and applied sciences, and gives a firsthand account of the way relentless strain for financial progress caused generational and non secular clash, unemployment, inflation, and environmental harm, threatening to resolve Ladakh’s conventional manner of life.

Energized by means of the destiny of a those who had captured her center, Norberg-Hodge helped identify the Ladakh venture (later renamed the overseas Society for Ecology and tradition) to hunt sustainable ideas that guard cultural integrity and environmental overall healthiness 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 updated at the paintings of those tasks and on her personal occupation over a number of many years as she traveled greatly, staring at comparable affects on different cultures. She demanding situations us to reconsider our techniques of “development” and “progress,” stressing specially the necessity to hold historical knowledge into our future.

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Mothers of illegitimate children are not outcasts. In fact, losing your temper is more scorned than being unfaithful. ” Angchuk Dawa, a student who has helped me translate folktales, explained that it is bad form for a cuckolded husband to make a scene. ” Polyandry has been a key factor in maintaining a relatively stable population in Ladakh over the centuries. This stability has in turn, I believe, contributed to the environmental balance and social harmony. That population control is an important factor in maintaining a balance with the environment is clear.

He raised his head and then spat out a black liquid into a bowl that his wife held out for him. ” the producer asked our guide. “It is the disease. ” One by one people moved up to offer themselves to the lhaba. He would scream at them, push them, give them mantras or grains of rice charged with power. He sucked at their bodies, again and again spitting black fluid into the bowl. The camera crew was filming the wild events going on around them as well as they could, but they were finding it difficult.

At night, the merrymaking became more riotous. ” At one o’clock, Tashi Rabgyas retired discreetly to his room to sleep. An hour and a half later, the chang drinkers went crashing through the seclusion of his dreams, calling, “Come, Tashi! Wake up! ” Fortunately for us all, chang tends to be merciful when it comes to hangovers. I was amazed by the apparent ease and grace with which Wangyal’s family met the needs of their three hundred houseguests. In the morning, they provided everyone with hot water, soap, and a towel (their house, of course, had no running water); hot water was also provided before every meal.

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