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By Helena Norberg-Hodge

A gripping portrait of the western Himalayan land occasionally often called “Little Tibet,” Ancient Futures opens with writer Helena Norberg-Hodge’s first stopover at in 1975 to idyllic, preindustrial Ladakh. She then tracks the profound alterations that happened because the zone was once opened to overseas travelers and Western items and applied sciences, and provides a firsthand account of ways relentless strain for monetary progress caused generational and spiritual clash, unemployment, inflation, and environmental harm, threatening to resolve Ladakh’s conventional means of life.

Energized by means of the destiny of a those who had captured her center, Norberg-Hodge helped determine the Ladakh undertaking (later renamed the foreign Society for Ecology and tradition) to hunt sustainable strategies that safeguard cultural integrity and environmental overall healthiness whereas addressing the starvation for modernization. seeing that then, different Ladakh-based initiatives have proliferated, aiding renewable strength structures, neighborhood agricultural equipment, and the religious foundations of Ladakhi culture.

The author’s new afterword brings readers up to date at the paintings of those initiatives and on her personal profession over numerous many years as she traveled generally, gazing related affects on different cultures. She demanding situations us to reconsider our ideas of “development” and “progress,” stressing particularly the necessity to hold historic knowledge into our future.

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I don’t want to get married and have children. I would rather become a nun,” a Ladakhi friend once said to me. In some cases, women with children choose to leave their families to become nuns; and there are nuns who choose to marry, as well as those who have “illegitimate” children. The role of the nun is surprisingly flexible and rather unusual. Most nuns live at home. In appearance they can be distinguished by their short hair, and they spend more time in prayer than the rest of the family.

Stitches are not used either, even for big wounds. Instead the site is cleaned with an herbal powder, and blood coagulant tablets are administered. Fractures are immobilized with wooden splints. The need for emergency intervention is rare. Appendicitis, perforated ulcers, and most of the other sudden-onset conditions common in the West are rarely encountered. In the absence of dangerous machinery and fast cars, accidents are few and far between and are unlikely to be serious. Even such a relatively trivial injury as a broken leg is unusual.

Not only were these two unrelated, but Deskit had had several children with her husband, Namgyal, before Angmo appeared. Namgyal had been having an affair with Angmo. When she got pregnant, he told Deskit that he would like to bring her and the baby into their home and to treat her as a second wife. I asked Deskit how she had felt, whether she had liked the idea of having Angmo in the house. “I didn’t,” she said. “I didn’t like the idea at all at first. I was upset. ” And for twelve years now, they have been living together peacefully.

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