So close to heaven: the vanishing Buddhist kingdoms of the himalayas
This extravagantly colorful book takes us into a world that is just emerg. ing from the middle ages and peering warily into the twenty-first century. For as she travels through Bhutan and its neighboring countries, Barbara Crossette discovers miracle-working lamas and separatist guerrillas, holy shrines and the thieves who plunder them, and explores the conflicts that arise when a people who revere all life find it necessary to fumigate vermin-infested sacred texts. So Close to Heaven is a generous and deeply knowledgeable portrait of an extraordinary culture under siege.