Water Treasures of the Himalayas Mapin Publishing

Water Treasures of the Himalayas

Serge Verliat and Jean Philippe
Photographs by Jean Philippe

A billion lives depend on the waters of the Himalayas; sixty million live in this mountain range, while the rest live in its foothills, on the plains of the Indian subcontinent.

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A billion lives depend on the waters of the Himalayas; sixty million live in this mountain range, while the rest live in its foothills, on the plains of the Indian subcontinent.
For them, the Himalayas are a providential water tower. Despite their astonishing diversity, all these peoples share the common belief that this is a “Sacred Land”, and this mountain range is, above all, the “Abode of Snow” where pure water springs, rivers gush and lakes are crystal-clear.

Born from the eternal snows, in the most mystical land on earth, water perfectly embodies the essence of purity. In the Himalayas, water inspires a growing number of people even while it continues to frighten them. It can at times unite them and at other times divide them, provide for them and bring death. In this mosaic of peoples, languages, religions and lands, it plays a vital part in the geographical distribution of the various ethnic groups, their social organization and the way they see themselves.

This volume offers a complete view of the great Himalayan mountain range by taking an itinerary which follows the water and contrasts the two flanks of this formidable climatic barrier. By doing so, it stresses both the importance of this water tower of Asia, which provides for a thousand million people, and the scope of the current economic and ecologic issues which are at stake. It also offers an anthropological insight into the various bonds formed between man and water in the Himalayas.

Serge Verliat is a professor of geography in Reunion Island, France, and author of several research papers on the Himalayas since 1980. He has a PhD in geography and a post-graduate diploma in anthropology. Verliat is fluent in Nepali. He has made several documentaries and films, including Living in the Himalayas (2004) and The Himalayas: Confidences of Water (2011). santosdahi@wanadoo.fr

Jean Philippe, a photographer, has exhibited his black and white silver prints at the Museum of Man in Paris as part of the exhibition ‘Reunion Island: Two Viewpoints’ in 1995. He is also the author of two specialized works on the Cilaos Cirque in Reunion Island.

His photographs also appear in the book The Furnace: The Volcano of Reunion Island. photographiejean.philippe@orange.fr Dr. David Jones teaches Mathematics and English at the Department of Réseaux et Télécommunications in Reunion Island, France. He has published various papers in his fields of study in Mathematics as well as translated from French to English numerous academic articles and the book Vivre à Mafate by Jean Philippe.

Sarah Patel Jones currently teaches English at Collège Trois Mares in Reunion Island, France, and has taught French at the University of the West of England, Bristol. Her other interests lie in cinema and film studies, glass painting and travelling.

Foreword

Precious Water

Generous Water
ISBN 9788189995898
Pages 216
Number of illustrations 215
Size 11 x 11" (280 x 280 mm), hc
Date of Publishing 2017
Language(s) English
Co-publisher(s) Mapin
Rights Available World rights

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