Edited by Kyle Gardner; xxvi, 280p., Col. & B/W Plts., Maps, App., Bib., 22 cm. (First pub. in 2010)
Introduction: Ladakhi Culture. Kuksho Village: The Legacy of a Mixed Buddhist and Muslim Tradition
Part I: A History of Buddhism in Ladakh A History fo Buddhism in Ladakh Sabu Village-a Historical Perspective Alexander Csoma de Koros: the Pioneer of Tibetan Studies
Part II: Buddhism in Modern Ladakh Buddhism in Modern Ladakh Lama Tsultrim Nyima )1796-1872) hGeshe Ye-she Don-grup The 19th Bakula Rinpoche 50 Years of Tibetans in Exile
Part III: Ladakh and its Neighbours Ladakh's Territories: Nuba, Changthang and Zangskar Ladakh's Relations with Baltistan A note on Pod-yig, the Ladakhi Script Lho Drugpa Religious Foundations in Ladakh Mongolian Connections Ladakh and Sikkim
Part IV: Folk Religion and Traditions A Description of a visit to three Samda Villages in March, 1990 Ladakhi Folk Songs Ladakhi Folk Dance Religious/Musk Dance (Cham) Sacred Trees (Lha-chang) Markha Valley, the abode of Mani Walls Mani-Walls in Ladakh Conclusion: the Future of Ladakh
A cultural History of Ladakh is a comprehensive account of the history and culture of this remote Himalayan region, once known as Western Tibet, from the earliest times to the present. The author discusses the arrival of Buddhism to the region, the growth of the Ladakhi Kingdom, its relations with neighboring Buddhist states and its eventual incorporation into Jammu and Kashmir State. Throughout the book Nawang Tsering Shakspo draws on local histories and biographies to illustrate the larger historical trends. The second half of the book is devoted to Ladakh's rich cultural heritage: its songs, dances and folk customs. It concludes with a discussion of the future of Ladakh, which is undergoing a tremendous transformation. This is a unique book written by one of Ladakh's foremost scholars.