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Moravian Missionaries in Western Trans-Himalaya: Lahul, Ladakh and Kinnaur

C. Dorje (Author) Tobdan (Author)
Synopsis Moravian missionaries entered the Himalayan states in the middle of the nineteenth century with the objective to propagate the Christian faith and remained there under very tough climatic conditions for nearly a century.  The whole period of their stay is the story of their struggle and adventure.  They were highly educated and some of them like Jaeschke and Francke were scholars of international repute.  While there was general acceptance among the people for their projects of the nature of general welfare, the missionaries, despite their earnest efforts, could not make much impact on the masses in gathering followers to accept their teachings and adopt their faith.  But they were successful in carrying out in study of the Tibetan language and local dialects and the script.  They produced several scholarly publications on the topics including dictionaries and grammars, besides translating the sacred literatures into their languages.  Their studies on the local languages and their history and culture were of immense value.  The duo authors, who belong to an area benefited by the works of the Moravian missionaries, have exerted to trace their past and present, their deeds succinctly in the present work.  This also carries forward their previous work.
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About the authors

C. Dorje

C. Dorje (b. 1953) did his M.A. and M.Phil. degrees in History and PG Diploma in Archaeology.  He joined ASI as Deputy Superintending Archaeologist in 1979 and presently working as Director.  He has worked in the different fields in the ASI and has contributed number of articles and research papers and is also the co-author of the book-Historical Documents from Western Trans-Himalaya: Lahul, Zanskar and Ladakh (1996) and Kumbhalgarh: The Pride of Maharanas of Mewar (in press) and co-editors of Indian Archaeology 1995-95: A Review (2000) and Inventory of Monuments and Sites of National Importance, Vol. I: Part-I: Srinagar (1998).  He was also in the team deputed to Cambodia for preparation of Report on Ta Prohm temple complex.  He also participated in the Azad Hind Expedition (1995-96) as a representative of Department of Culture, Govt. of India.


Tobdan (b. 1944) is a self-taught historian and linguist. His particular area of study is Lahul and Spiti and the areas surrounding it.  He did LL.B from the University of Delhi and has recently retired as ACM from NABARD.  Tobdan has to his credit number of research papers and scholarly articles and books including History and Religiono f Lahul (1984), Bhoti Parichaya: Vyakaran and Anuvad (1990), The Peopleo f Upper Valley: The Todpas of Lahul in the Himalayas (1993), Kulu: A Study in History (2000) and Bashahar-Kinnaur: Cultural History of Western Trans-Himalaya (in press) and jointly with C.Dorje-Historical Documents from Western Trans-Himalayas (1996).

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Bibliographic information

Title Moravian Missionaries in Western Trans-Himalaya: Lahul, Ladakh and Kinnaur
Format Hardcover
Date published: 20.01.2008
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Kaveri Books
Language: English
isbn 9788174790842
length viii+283p., Plates; Appendices; Bibliography; Index; 25cm.