By Filippo De Filippi
First released in 1932.
As good as an intensive advent, this variation comprises notes to all 4 books, a bibliographical index, a normal index and an index of Tibetan phrases. The creation is especially priceless in that it units the significance of Desideri's project within the common context of the Jesuit Missions to Tibet.
In Desideri's account we obtain the 1st exact normal description of Tibet: from the wildlife to the sociological and anthropological points of the folk and a whole exposition of Lamaism. His is the one entire reconstruction that we own of the Tibetan faith, based solely on canonical texts. And all of this greater than a century ahead of Europeans had any wisdom of the Tibetan language.
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If by May, 1636, no communication should have reached Tsaparang—a thing well nigh impossible, considering the approach of winter and the immense to be covered—he [Coresma] would take it as a hint, and together with Brother Marques, the left of his companions, undertake the return 36 journey to . This explicit that Coresma behind with Brother Marques as his only companion, at once raises the as to the whereabouts of the other five missionaries, who, informed us, were there in 1633. When and how had they quitted the country?
The entertainment given them by the Dharma Rajah, king and spiritual head of the country, was extremely kind. All the things they learned about the people and the country, its language and religion, were to a degree, but they never sight of their main purpose, conversion to ; and they were not slow to perceive that in this there was little chance of success. So they proposed to their that they should leave the country and join Andrade at Tsaparang. They had been told that this place was not more than a month‘s journey away; they had even had occasional news of the Page 21 Fathers there, not indeed , for the Fathers there seemed to be unaware of their new neighbours, but through lamas coming from thence.
Pending a complete edition of Desideri, Puini has made a valuable contribution to the of Tibetan and other primitive religions by the numerous critical remarks with which Page 39 he has accompanied his copious from the Ragguaglio‖, (p. 84), To introduce into Puini‘s book the omitted parts of Desideri‘s manuscript would have meant the upsetting of the whole order of the book, and the changing of its completely. So I came to the conclusion that the only course open to me was to undertake the work ex novo—to publish, that is, an English translation of Desideri‘s text in full, with the notes that were necessary for the and geographical comprehension of it, and for the linking of it up with the modern knowledge of the countries traversed, and adding a geographical map to the itinerary, a thing which is lacking in Puini.