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Product Details

  • Paperback: 223 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen (March 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822828068
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822828069
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,081,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Sips on September 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
When i bought this book a few years ago, i had never been in India or Nepal, did not know much about those places and i liked the book. It seemed very interesting. Then now, i just got back from a 5 month journey in these countries and if i now read it again, i see mistakes (saying one is a Shiva devotee, while i think for sure, looking at the way he looks he is a Vishnu devotee) and i think my own pictures are maybe better than many of these in the book! I am not sure how respectful the guy was, making/taking these images. I know the people there don't mind taking photographs of them so much, but still, you need to think with respect and don't just shoot all you see, i believe. Also i don't like the way they photo's are printed, and don't like the lay out of the pages much. I am not sure if all the people in the book are genuine, or are they just posing for a touristic purpose?? All together, i am really not impressed and the book just don't look handsome as well. It doesn't look professional in my eyes. I don't understand why this is a Taschen book!!?? Don't like it! I would give it no stars if i could.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dan B. on March 5, 2007
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Sacred Journey by David Howard is an embarrassment. The author is completely uninformed about sadhus. His methods and approaches are questionable and disrespectful. The quality of writing is hopeless.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SENGCHAN SIVILAY on July 31, 2010
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This is without a doubt the best and most controversial book to focus on "Holy Men" of India and Nepal! I lived in India for nine years and traveled with Hindu "Holy Men" all over that country as well as Nepal. I discovered during those travels: "Holy Men" are not always Holy! This book confirm that with breath taking photographs of hundreds of Hindu and Buddhist pilgrim practitioners and sites from the Ganges River in India to high altitudes of Nepal's Himalayan Mountains. The author's narrative depicts his adventure to locate hidden metaphysical Hindu and Buddhist Temples where water, air, and fire converge naturally in pools of water high in the Himalayans and the people he encounters along the way. It's an extraordinary tale that features notes on Hindu Law, with discussions and interactions with Hindu Holy "Sadhus." This book's stunning pictures act as a "story board" which reinforces and interacts with the text adventure. I also bought the author's other books: "The Last Filipino Head Hunters" and "Ten Southeast Asian Tribes from Five Countries" and found them both to be in the same spirit where an narrative text adventure is paired with pictures to completely enlighten the readers imagination. I read the following review of this book in a U.K. paper: "Sacred Journey's" 674 images of religious life in India are breathtaking. Powerful scenes of worship include outdoor festivals; monks who pierce their genitals hoping to transcend ordinary consciousness trough overcoming physical pain; men who perform rituals using live snakes; lavish birthday celebrations; and music making. Howard's day-to-day travel log is filled with vivid descriptions of his encounters along the way, culminating in his climb to Muktinath, a remote temple in the Himalayan mountains...Read more ›
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By wb on June 8, 2004
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I just finished reading David Howard's "Sacred Journey" and have to ask, "what do you see, David, when you close your eyes?"
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