Sources of Information

References about Lubrak
and the Surrounding Area

Carroll Dunham, Thomas Kelly,
Geshe Gelek Jimpa, Charles Ramble, 2005,
Sacred Landscape and Pilgrimage in Tibet:
in Search of the Lost Kingdom of Bön.

New York: Abbeville Press.

Niels Gutschow, Axel Michaels, Charles Ramble and Ernst Steinkellner, 2003, Sacred Landscape in the Himalaya.  Proceedings of an interdisciplinary conference held in Heidelberg, 25th-27th May 1998. Wien: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften.

Snellgrove, David L., [1961] 1989. Himalayan Pilgrimage (2nd Revised edition). Boston: Shambhala Publications
New York: Abbeville Press.

Film including footage from Lubrak

In Search of Zhangzhung (see a slide show: Movie or Stills) an internationally-acclaimed film that tells the story of a pilgrimage by the Bönpo monk and scholar, Geshe Gelek Jinpa, to Western Tibet in search of traces of the vanished land of Zhangzhung. Produced by the Kalpa Group.

The Bön Religion and Major Monasteries

Triten Norbutse Monastery, Kathmandu
Yungdrung Bön

Visiting Lubrak

To visit Lubrak, it is necessary to first obtain an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and a Trekking Permit from either Kathmandu or Pokhara.

Articles by Charles Ramble:

Playing dice with the devil: a Bonpo soul-retrieval ritual attributed to Kong rtse ’phrul rgyal and its interpretation in Mustang, Nepal. In Samten Karmay and Donatella Rossi (eds) Bon: the Indigenous Source for Tibetan Religion. Special issue of East and West, vol. 59, nos. 1-4.

A nineteenth-century Bonpo pilgrim in Western Tibet and Nepal: episodes from the life of dKar-ru grub-dbang bsTan-’dzin rin-chen. In Jean-Luc Achard (ed.) Tibetan Studies in Honour of Samten Karmay. Revue d’études tibétaines 15(2), 481-502.

The secular surroundings of a Bonpo ceremony: games, popular rituals and economic structures in the mDos-rgyab of Klu-brag monastery (Nepal). In S. Karmay and Y. Nagano (eds) New Horizons in Bon Studies. Proceedings of a conference held in Osaka, August 1999. Osaka:  National Museum of Ethnology.

Mustang, the ancient kingdom of Lo. Asian Art and Culture 9 (3), Fall 1996 (special issue on the Himalayas).

How Buddhist are Buddhist communities? The construction of tradition in two lamaist villages. Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford 21 (2), 185-97.

(with M. Vinding) The 'Bem-chag village record and the early history of Mustang District. Kailash  13 (1-2), 5-48.

The Muktinath Yartung: a Tibetan harvest festival in its social and historical context. L'Ethnographie  83 (100-101), 221-25.

The lamas of Lubra: Tibetan Bonpo householder priests in western Nepal. D. Phil thesis, Oxford University.

The founding of a Tibetan village: the popular transformation of history. Kailash  10 3-4), 267-90.

Status and death: mortuary rites and attitudes to the body in a Tibetan village. Kailash  9, 333-59.