Note: reviews, translations and articles in popular magazines and travel guides not listed. For a pdf of the list of publications, click here

1. Books

Forthcoming a    Tibetan Sources for a Social History of Mustang, Nepal. Volume 2: the Archives of the Tantric Lamas of Tshognam. Halle: International Institute for Tibetan and Buddhist Studies.

Forthcoming b    Tibetan Sources for a Social History of Mustang, Nepal. Volume 3: the Archive of Baragaon. Halle: International Institute for Tibetan and Buddhist Studies.

2008a    The Navel of the Demoness: Tibetan Buddhism and Civil Religion in Highland Nepal. New York: Oxford University Press. PDF

2008b    Tibetan Sources for a Social History of Mustang, Nepal. Volume 1: the Archive of Te. Halle: International Institute for Tibetan and Buddhist Studies. PDF

2005      (with Geshe Gelek Jinpa et al.). Sacred Landscape and Pilgrimage in Tibet: in Search of the Lost Kingdon of Bön. New York: Abeville Press.


2. Edited volumes

2013a      (with Peter Schwieger and Alice Travers) Tibetans who Escaped the Historian’s Net: Contributions to the Social History of Tibetan-speaking Regions. Kathmandu: Vajra Books.

2012   (with Jill Sudbury) This World and the Next: Contributions on Tibetan Religion, Science and Society. Halle (Saale): IITBS.

2003      (with Niels Gutschow, Axel Michaels and Ernst Steinkellner) Sacred Landscape in the Himalaya.  Proceedings of an interdisciplinary conference held in Heidelberg, 25th-27th May 1998. Wien: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften.

1998      (with Katia Buffetrille) Tibétains. 1959-1999: 40 ans de colonisation. Paris: Éditions Autrement – collection Monde HS no. 108. (Contributions: “Prologue”, pp. 7-17; “Chronologie”, pp. 170-74.)

1993      (with Martin Brauen) Anthropology of Tibet and the Himalaya. Zurich: Ethnological Museum of the University of Zurich.

1990      (with N.K. Rustomji) Himalayan  Environment and Culture: Analysis and Prospect. Proceedings of a conference held at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, October 1986. Delhi: Indus Publications.

3. Translated book

2003     Nicolas Tournadre and Sangda Dorje, Manual of Standard Tibetan: Language and Civilization. Ithaca: Snow Lion Publications.

 4. Articles

Forthcoming c   The deer as a structuring principle in certain Bonpo rituals: a comparison of three texts for the acquisition of good fortune (g.yang). PDF

Forthcoming d: Both fish and fowl? Preliminary reflections on some representations of a Tibetan mirror-world.

2013b      The complexity of Tibetan pilgrimage. In M. Deeg (ed.) Buddhist Pilgrimage in History and Present Times. Lumbini: Lumbini International Research Institute.

2013c      The contractor, the duke, the prime minister and the villagers: exploitation and resistance in nineteenth-century rural Nepal. In T. Lewis and B.M. Owens (eds) Sucāruvādadeśika: A Festschrift Honoring Professor Theodore Riccardi. Kathmandu: Himal Books.

2013d      Hidden Himalayan transcripts: strategies of social opposition in Mustang (Nepal), 19th–20th centuries. In C. Ramble, P. Schwieger and A. Travers (eds) Tibetans who Escaped the Historian’s Net: Studes in the Social History of Tibetan-speaking Societies. Kathmandu: Vajra Books.

2013e   The assimilation of astrology in the Tibetan Bon religion. Extrême-Orient Extrême-Occident. Special issue: « Conscia fati sidera »: The Teaching of Traditional Lore on Stars and Calendar in East Asia. PDF

2012   Foreword. In Kind, M. 2011. The Bon Landscape of Dolpo: Pilgrimages, Monasteries, Biographies and the Emergence of Bon. Zurich: Peter Lang AG. PDF

2012   Foreword. In Allen, N.J. 2011. Miyapma: Traditional Narratives of the Thulung Rai. Kathmandu: Vajra Publications. PDF

2012    Foreword. In Myatt, T., Kalsang Norbu Gurung, Nicola Schneider and Alice Travers (eds) Revisiting Tibetan Culture and History. Proceedings of the Second International Seminar of Young Tibetologists, Paris 2009. Dharamsala: Amnye Machen Institute. PDF

2012     (with Jill Sudbury) Introduction. In C. Ramble and J. Sudbury (eds) This World and the Next: Contributions on Tibetan Religion, Science and Society. Halle (Saale): IITBS. PDF

2012     Foreword. In Nagru Geshe Gelek Jinpa, 2011. The Light of the History of Existence:  Traces of the Great Zhang Zhung Ancestors in the Himalayas, the Case of the Bönpo in Nepal. Translated and edited by Dimitri Ermakov and Carol Ermakova. New Delhi. PDF

2010a   The good, the bad and the ugly: the circumscription of saintly evil in Tibetan biography. In Linda Covill, Ulrike Roesler and Sarah Shaw (eds) Lives Lived, Lives Imagined. Boston: Wisdom Publications. PDF

2010b   Playing dice with the devil: a Bonpo soul-retrieval ritual attributed to Kong rtse ’phrul rgyal and its interpretation in Mustang, Nepal. In Samten Karmay and Donatella Rossi (eds) Bon: the Indigenous Source for Tibetan Religion. Special issue of East and West, vol. 59, nos. 1-4. PDF

2010c     History from below: an introduction to three archival collections from Mustang, Nepal. In H. Diemberger and K. Phuntso (eds) Ancient Treasures, New Discoveries. Halle: International Institute for Tibetan and Buddhist Studies. PDF

2008     A nineteenth-century Bonpo pilgrim in Western Tibet and Nepal: episodes from the life of dKar-ru grub-dbang bsTan-’dzin rin-chen. In Jean-Luc Achard (ed.) Tibetan Studies in Honour of Samten Karmay. Revue d’études tibétaines 15(2), 481-502. ( PDF

2007    Tsewang Rigdzin and the Bon tradition of sacred geography. In S. Karmay (ed.) Bon: the Magic Word. New York: Rubin Museum of Art. PDF

2007    The Aya: fragments of an unknown Tibetan priesthood. In B. Kellner, H. Krasser, H. Lasic, M.T. Much and H. Tauscher (eds) Pramanakirtih. Papers Dedicated to Ernst Steinkellner on the Occasion of his 70th Birthday. Part 2. Wien: Wiener Studien zur Tibetologie und Buddhismuskunde, 681–718. PDF

2006      Sacral kings and divine sovereigns: principles of Tibetan monarchy in theory and practice. In D. Sneath (ed.) Power, Place and the Subject in Inner Asia. Bellingham/Cambridge: Western Washington University. PDF

2003a    (With M. Kind) Bonpo monasteries and temples of the Himalayan region. In S.G. Karmay and Y. Nagano (eds) A Survey of Bonpo Monasteries in the Himalaya. Osaka:  National Museum of Ethnology. PDF

2003b    (With N. Gutschow) Up and down, inside and out: notions of space and territory in Tibetan villages of Mustang, Nepal. In N. Gutschow, A. Michaels and C. Ramble (eds) Sacred Landscape in the Himalaya. Wien: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften. PDF

2003c    Article on Tibetan History in Das Große China Lexikon Hamburg: Institut für Asienkunde.

2002a    The Victory Song of Porong. In K. Buffetrille and H. Diemberger (eds), Territory and Identity in Tibet and the Himalayas. Leiden: Brill. PDF

2002b    Temporal disjunction and collectivity in Mustang, Nepal. Current Anthropology 43, supplement, August-October. PDF

2002c    (with W. Holzner et al.) Integrated ecological studies of pasture problems in the Tibetan Autonomous Region, P.R. China. In H. Jianlin et al. (eds) Yak Production in Central Asian Highlands: Proceedings of the Third International Congress on yak Held in Lhasa, P/R. China, 4-9 September 2000. Nairobi: International Livestock Research Institute. PDF

2001a    Art without artists: Robert Powell’s Mustang collection. In M. Oppitz (ed.), Robert Powell: Himalayan Drawings. Zurich: Völkerkundemuseum der Universität Zürich. PDF

2001b    (With P. Boyer) Cognitive Templates for Religious Concepts: Cross-cultural Evidence for Recall of Counter-Intuitive Representations. Cognitive Science 25 (4). PDF

2001c     The old sector system of Kagbeni: notes on the history of land use and social organisation. In P. Pohle and W. Haffner (eds) Kagbeni—Contributions to the Village’s History and Geography. Giessen: Giessener Geographische Schriften 77. PDF

2001d    Household organisation and hierarchy in Kagbeni: the limits to cultural revival in a changing society. In P. Pohle and W. Haffner (eds) Kagbeni—Contributions to the Village’s History and Geography. Giessen: Giessener Geographische Schriften 77. PDF

2000      The secular surroundings of a Bonpo ceremony: games, popular rituals and economic structures in the mDos-rgyab of Klu-brag monastery (Nepal). In S. Karmay and Y. Nagano (eds) New Horizons in Bon Studies. Proceedings of a conference held in Osaka, August 1999. Osaka:  National Museum of Ethnology. PDF

1999      A literary biography of Michael Aris. European Bulletin of Himalayan Research 17, 103-16. PDF

1998a   The classification of territorial divinities in Pagan and Buddhist rituals of South Mustang. In A.-M. Blondeau (ed.), Tibetan Mountain Deities, their Cults and Representations. Wien: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften. PDF

1998b   (with John Harrison)  Houses and households in Southern Mustang. Ancient Nepal, no. 140,  23-37. PDF

1998c    (with John Harrison) Watermills in Mustang: notes on architecture, function and management. Ancient Nepal, no. 140, 39-52. PDF

1998d   The Mustang villages of Kag, Te and Khyinga: an introduction to history, ethnicity and the idea of place. Beiträge zur Allgemeinen und Vergleichenden Archäologie, Band 18. Mainz: Verlag Philipp von Zabern, 147-82. PDF

1997a    The Creation of the Bon Mountain of Kongpo. In A.W. Macdonald (ed.), Mandala and Landscape.  Delhi: D.K. Printworld. PDF

1997Tibetan pride of place; or, why Nepal’s Bhotes are not an ethnic group. In  D. Gellner and J. Pfaff (eds), Politics and Ethnicity in a Hindu Kingdom. London: Harwood. PDF

1997c    Se: notes on the distribution of an archaic ethnonym in Tibet and Nepal. In S. Karmay and Ph. Sagant (eds), Les Habitants du Toit du Monde. Paris: Société d’Ethnologie, Nanterre. PDF

1996a    Patterns of places. In  A.-M. Blondeau and E. Steinkellner (eds), Reflections of the Mountain: essays on the history and social meaning of the mountain cult in Tibet and the Himalaya.Wien: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften. PDF

1996b    Mustang, the ancient kingdom of Lo. Asian Art and Culture 9 (3), Fall 1996 (special issue on the Himalayas). PDF

1995      Gaining ground: representations of territory in Bon and Tibetan popular tradition. The Tibet Journal., Spring 1995. PDF

1995   (with C. Seeber)  Dead and living settlements in the Shod-yul of Mustang. Ancient Nepal  no. 138. PDF

1994a    Civic authority and agrarian management in southern Mustang: remarks on a nineteenth-century land-tax register from Kagbeni. Ancient Nepal,  no. 136, 89–135. PDF

1994b    Writings in Monochrome. Himal, July-September 1994. PDF

1993a    Rule by play in southern Mustang. In  C. Ramble and M. Brauen (eds), Anthropology of Tibet and the Himalaya Zurich. PDF

1993b    Reflections of a plant-hunter in Nepal: an interview with Dr. Tirtha Bahadur Shrestha. European Bulletin of Himalayan Research, no. 5. PDF

1993d    Whither, indeed, the tsampa-eaters? Himal,  September-October 1993. PDF

1992-93 A ritual of political unity in an old Nepalese kingdom. Ancient Nepal  nos. 130-133. PDF

1990a    The headman as a force for cultural conservation: the case of the Tepas of Nepal. In N.K. Rustomji & C. Ramble (eds) Himalayan Environment and Culture. PDF

1990b    How Buddhist are Buddhist communities? The construction of tradition in two lamaist villages. Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford 21 (2), 185-97. PDF

1987a    (with M. Vinding) The ‘Bem-chag village record and the early history of Mustang District. Kailash  13 (1-2), 5-48. PDF

1987b    The Muktinath Yartung: a Tibetan harvest festival in its social and historical context. L’Ethnographie  83 (100-101), 221-25. PDF

1985      Buddhist people of the north Nepal borderland. In J. Locke, S. J. (ed.), The Buddhist Heritage of Nepal.  Kathmandu. PDF

1983      The founding of a Tibetan village: the popular transformation of history. Kailash  10 (3-4), 267-90. PDF

1982      Status and death: mortuary rites and attitudes to the body in a Tibetan village. Kailash  9, 333-59. PDF

1980      Recent books on Tibet and the Buddhist Himalaya. Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford  11 (2). PDF

5. Development reports

1998     (with P.B. Chhetri and J. Karki) Final Evaluation Report, Natural Resource Management Project, Mustang District. Kathmandu: CARE Nepal.

1996      (with P. Christiansen) Local government in Upper Dolpa. Kathmandu: LTDA.

1990a    (with C. Chapagain) Preliminary notes on the cultural dimension of conservation. Makalu-Barun Conservation Project working paper publication series report no. 10. Kathmandu: HMG / WMI.

1990b    (with R.K. Nepali, K. Sangam and C. Chapagain) The Makalu-Barun National Park and Conservation Community Resource Management Component. Kathmandu: HMG / WMI.