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Sacred Mountains of the World Paperback – May 25, 1998

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Mountaineer and scholar of comparative religion Edwin Bernbaum knows his subject from experience as well as from texts. In his award-winning collection of luminous photographs, Sacred Mountains of the World, Bernbaum takes you through the sacred ranges of six continents, while weaving the stories of gods and spirits with those of explorers and mountaineers. The best, most substantive, book of its kind. --Brian Bruya

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Berenbaum surveys high holy places from the Himalayas to Kilimanjaro, from Sinai and Zion to Mount Fuji, explaining the myths and rituals associated with these sacred mountains. Photos.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 317 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (May 25, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520214226
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520214224
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9.2 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #754,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a long time mountaineer, I am well versed in the mountaineering literature. My book collection has many treasures, but none as valued as Bernbaum's "Sacred Mountains of the World". This is a book I use to remind me that the lure of the mountains has a spiritual aspect that transcends the lure of conquest. Some mountains are special and Bernbaum, a Buddhist scholar in addition to his work in Asian Studies, tells their stories with great skill. Drawing upon the literature and myths of the past, Bernbaum reminds the modern reader why we should look upon mountains as "embodiments of humanity's highest ideals and aspirations". The book is entertaining as well as thought provoking--the photos are superb. The book is so good, it makes me want to share it with others. I have given it as a gift many times. I enthusiastically give it five stars.
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This is one of few essential books in my library. It's the encyclopedia of sacred mountains, but also clearly a work of love. Sacred mountains have come to guide my own life in a very profound way, and this book has given wise counsel to such a journey. It is also supremely beautiful with some sublime fullpage photos - worth buying an extra coffee table for!
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After about ten years of high caliber solo Alpinism I was looking for more so I bought this book and started climbing the Sacred mountains of the world. Another ten years passed and I am now 53 years old. Was it worth twenty years of my life? I will let this quote answer this question:

I meant to tell mankind to aspire to a new state about which I could tell them little or nothing, to teach them to tread a long and lonely path which might or might not lead thither, to bid them dare to encounter all possible perils of nature unknown, to abandon all their settled manners of living and to cut themselves off from their past and their environment, and to attempt a quixotic adventure with no resources beyond their native strength and sagacity,

I had done it myself and found not only that the pearl of great price was worth far more than I possessed, but that the very perils and privations of the quest were themselves my dearest memories. I was certain of this at least: that nothing in the world except this was worth doing.

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Arthur von Boennighausen
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