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WHITE MOUNTAIN: Real and Imagined Journeys in the Himalayas
Bibliophile price: £1.50
One of the most mysterious and yet popular mountain ranges in the world, the Himalayas are a feature of our planet that are surrounded by facts and legends, from extraordinary geological features to the threat of mystical beings. It is home to Buddhists, Bonpos, Jains, Muslims, Hindus and shamans. Robert Twigger seeks to show us, through accounts from mountaineers and residents of the mountains alike, the many facets of this beloved place. He follows a path from the Himalayas, meandering to its physical end in Nagaland. He believes magic is integral to the Himalayas' character; and this magic will range from the tales of both demons and our powers, such as the Tibetan method of performing breathing exercises while visualising a flame to heat oneself, to the magical sights and environment, whether that is the symbolic nature of ascending a mountain, or the way in which 'the mountain touches the heavens'. This is a glorious guide to the Himalayas through the eyes of both familiar and unfamiliar voices of mountaineers, pundits and prophets as we encounter the mountains in 1904, what it means 'going higher' into the lofty peaks, and pundits, demons and nagas - read to find out the secrets of these fascinating subjects. Page by page, you will be left with a powerful desire to visit them yourself. Paperback, photos and maps, 458pp.

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