Skip to content
Open global navigation

Cambridge University Press

AcademicLocation selectorSearch toggleMain navigation toggle
Register Sign in Wishlist

Essays on the Languages, Literature, and Religion of Nepál and Tibet
Together with Further Papers on the Geography, Ethnology, and Commerce of Those Countries


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Perspectives from the Royal Asiatic Society

  • Date Published: February 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108056083


Add to cart Add to wishlist

Looking for an examination copy?

If you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact providing details of the course you are teaching.

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • An English civil servant who worked in British India and Nepal, Brian Houghton Hodgson (c.1801–94) was also a specialist in Tibetan Buddhism. First published in 1874, this is a collection of his essays on nineteenth-century Nepal and Tibet, earlier versions of which had appeared in the Journal of the Bengal Asiatic Society and two books of Hodgson's own, later updated for the Phoenix, a monthly magazine for China, Japan and eastern Asia. Diverse in coverage, the essays represent over thirty years' research. Those in Part 1 focus on Buddhism, covering religious practices, writing, literature, attitudes to Buddhism and the differences between Buddhism and Shaivism. The pieces in Part 2 explore other aspects of Nepal and the Himalayas, such as tribal culture, colonisation and commerce. Discussing a range of linguistic, cultural, sociological and economic topics, this collection remains relevant to scholars working in these fields.

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108056083
    • length: 292 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I:
    1. Notices of the languages, literature, and religion of Nepál and Tibet
    2. Sketch of Buddhism
    3. Quotations from original Sanskrit authorities
    4. European speculations on Buddhism
    5. Remarks on M. Remusat's review of Buddhism
    6. Note on the inscription from Sárnáth
    7. Notice of Adi Buddha and the seven mortal Buddhas
    8. Note on the primary language of the Buddhist writings
    9. A disputation respecting caste by a Buddhist
    10. On the extreme resemblance that prevails between many of the symbols of Buddhism and Saivism
    11. The Pravrajyá Vrata or initiatory rites of the Buddhists
    Part II:
    1. On the physical geography of the Himálaya
    2. On the aborigines of the Himálaya
    3. Origin and classification of the military tribes of Nepál
    4. On the Chepang and Kusunda tribes of Nepál
    5. Cursory notice of Náyakot and of the remarkable tribes inhabiting it
    6. On the tribes of northern Tibet and of Sifan
    7. On the colonization of the Himálaya by Europeans
    8. On the commerce of Nepál

  • general resources

    View all resources
    Group Section Name Type Size Sort Order filter vars
    General ResourcesPullout 6pdf446KB0 general resources general resources general resourcesgeneral resources
    General ResourcesPullout 5pdf544KB1 general resources general resources general resourcesgeneral resources
    General ResourcesPullout 4pdf506KB2 general resources general resources general resourcesgeneral resources
    General ResourcesPullout 3pdf526KB3 general resources general resources general resourcesgeneral resources
    General ResourcesPullout 2pdf657KB4 general resources general resources general resourcesgeneral resources
    General ResourcesPullout 1pdf429KB5 general resources general resources general resourcesgeneral resources

    These resources are provided free of charge by Cambridge University Press with permission of the author of the corresponding work, but are subject to copyright. You are permitted to view, print and download these resources for your own personal use only, provided any copyright lines on the resources are not removed or altered in any way. Any other use, including but not limited to distribution of the resources in modified form, or via electronic or other media, is strictly prohibited unless you have permission from the author of the corresponding work and provided you give appropriate acknowledgement of the source.

    If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

  • Author

    Brian Houghton Hodgson

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website, your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

© Cambridge University Press 2014

Back to top

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.

Cancel Delete

Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.