An Account of Tibet: The Travels of Ippolito Desideri of by Filippo De Filippi

By Filippo De Filippi

First released in 1932.
As good as an intensive advent, this variation includes notes to all 4 books, a bibliographical index, a normal index and an index of Tibetan phrases. The advent is very helpful in that it units the significance of Desideri's venture within the basic context of the Jesuit Missions to Tibet.
In Desideri's account we obtain the 1st exact common description of Tibet: from the wildlife to the sociological and anthropological features of the folk and an entire exposition of Lamaism. His is the single whole 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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The , however, remains whether the writer, soured it may be by trouble and adversity, did not see only the dark side of the and form his judgment with undue and insufficient experience. Though the rapid development of events would seem to Coresma, yet in the man himself we look in vain for the energy and will-power of an Andrade and an Azevedo, for the resolve and of purpose which remains unperturbed in the of a trying situation. In the he would not seem to have been the right man in the right place.

175–210: How it is the bounden duty of every missions among infidels, and how this may be accomplished. to aid and promote These chapters are embodied in the forty-four sheets of the Florence MS. (Fo. 272–316) under the heading ―Conclusion of the Account and the Author‘s views about Missions to India‖. Father Wessels, in his , explains the position held by Desideri‘s mission in the general survey of the Jesuit Missions to Tibet, making clear its relation to the others. The content of the narrative and the itinerary he had already summarized clearly in his Early Jesuit Travellers (chap.

The church and house at Tsaparang were sacked, and the missionaries themselves had much to suffer from the ill-will of the military commander appointed by the King of Ladakh. Some of the faithful saved themselves by flight, others were dragged off into exile. This was also the fate of the two Fathers at Rudok. Soon after their arrival at Leh, however, they were to liberty and sent back to Tsaparang, where the others had been allowed to remain. As far as can be judged from contemporary accounts the staff on the Tibet mission at the time of the outbreak of four missionaries, viz.

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