By Christoph Baumer, John Hare
For 5 millennia, the peoples and cultures of East and West have met and mingled in critical Asia. For explorers and guests it's a promised land, a quarter of white areas at the map, forgotten towns and archaeological treasures. Christoph Baumer has spent an entire life vacationing in the course of the international locations of imperative Asia, making amazing discoveries alongside the best way. Traces within the Desert follows in his intrepid footsteps as he reveals proof of Indo-Europeans within the steppes of Western Mongolia, discovers misplaced oasis towns within the Taklamakan and finds paintings treasures in Tibet. He embarks on a quest to discover Genghis Khan’s long-lost tomb and has quite a few, sometimes hair-raising, encounters with shamans, corrupt policemen and bandits. Enlightening and entire of event, Traces within the Desert uniquely illuminates the hidden elements of valuable Asia that experience not only disappeared underneath the moving sands, but in addition from the horizon of our memory.
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Extra resources for Traces in the Desert: Journeys of Discovery across Central Asia
Four women were milking about 60 Kashmir goats that they had tied by the horns, head to head, in two long rows of 30 animals each. From the goats’ fine hair that is combed out, not shorn, the famous pashmina is made. Two more women produced yak milk cheese, which keeps for months and gets hard as stone. After being greeted by Anchuk, the women called their dogs off, chained them up and invited us into the large tent, beside which a solar panel was lying on a stone wall. indb 13 16/05/2008 09:48:38 14 ~ traces in the desert ~ The inside of the tent was arranged in the typical manner of the nomads.
And where did these adherents of the faith still live? Searching in libraries, I soon discovered that there were few books on the subject. None of them provided a general survey; they were out of date, were scarcely illustrated and evidently mostly written by people who had never seen the ancient cultural monuments of the Nestorians themselves. I resolved to go in search of the Nestorians, to document their architectural remains in photographs and to publish a survey of this mysterious community.
So it is quite normal for us to trade with them. ’ Tashi invited us to put up our tents next to theirs, saying that the dogs provided an effective deterrent to wolves. indb 14 16/05/2008 09:48:38 ~ christian crosses in the himalayas ~ 15 cattle thieves, an armed man slept in the open every night, next to the animals. Despite the cold and a fall of eight inches of new snow, I slept well enough, at any rate better than the British horse breeder and adventurer William Moorcroft (1787–1825) who, in October 1821, was the first European to cross the Chang Pass.