Above all I would like to thank the community of Te for permitting Nyima Drandul and me to photograph the archive that constitutes the content of this work. The research leading to this book was carried out within the framework of the Nepal-German Project on High Mountain Archaeology (1992–1997), with funding from the German Research Council (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft). I am grateful to the director of the project, Dieter Schuh, for inviting me to join the team of researchers. My sincere thanks are also due to: Angya Gurung, Christoph Cueppers, Niels Gutschow, Jens-Uwe Hartmann and Christian Seeber. Permission to live in Nepal for the duration of the research was granted thanks to a research association with the Centre of Nepal and Asian Studies (CNAS) of Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur. For their help with the task of preparing the syllable index, I would like to thank Kami Gurung, Dorota Kaniewzka, Charlotte Ramble, Olivia Ramble, and Caroline Topouzoglou. Many of the photographs of documents were edited and substantially improved by Allen Miles. For supporting the production of this volume I am indebted to the Faculty of Oriental Studies of Oxford University and to the Kalpa Group.
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