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India’s Tibet – Tibet’s India

An exhibition by the Völkerkundemuseum Herrnhut
9 September -18 November 2012

Peter van Ham (Frankfurt/M.), the exhibition’s initiator, has been travelling through the mountain region of the Western Himalaya for the past 20 years and has been following the footsteps of the Herrnhut missionary and tibetologist August Hermann Francke (1870–1930). The route, which August Hermann Francke selected for his 2,000 km long expedition in 1909 together with the Indian photographer Babu Pindi Lal, seemed to be of special interest to van Ham. During Francke’s trip, several landscapes and cultural sites, but also ceremonies and rituals of the local people were recorded in words and images for the first time. Peter van Ham juxtaposes his colour photographs that were only taken a few years ago with the historical pictures. Herewith, he documents change and continuity in these regions that are characterized by Buddhism.
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Francke expedition, the exhibition was presented in the Historisches und Völkerkundemuseum St. Gallen, followed by a presentation in Lindenmuseum Stuttgart as well as in Kreismuseum Zons. An extensive and elaborately illustrated book that pays tribute to the cultural heritage of the Western Himalaya appeared under the same title by the author in 2009.

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