Tibet

Pilgrim Routes to Kailash

No other mountain on Earth compares to holy Mount Kailash, not in the beauty of the landscape that surrounds it, nor in its spiritual and religious significance. It is the highest goal for pilgrims of four world religions, worshipped by the Hindu, Buddhists, Bons and Jains alike. From the Kailash region, the four rivers of Asia, the Indus, Brahmaputra, Sutlej, Karnali, spring forth and flow like the spokes of a wheels to the four corners of the Earth.

Kailash is the center of a mandala created by nature that also includes the nearby Manasarovar and Raksas Tal Lakes and the four river sources, which themselves are worshipped as sacred sites. Since time immemorial, pilgrims have come to Kailash from all parts of Tibet, as well as India and Nepal, for it is said: "He who sees it, his sins shall be washed away like the dew from the morning sun".

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Bruno Baumann followed in the pilgrims' footsteps and over the course of more than a decade succeeding in exploring the entire region of this natural mandala. He is the only European to have reached the sources of the four great rivers by following the courses of the Indus, Brahmaputra, Sutlej and Karnali over thousands of miles, much of it on foot.

The Leicavision lecture "TIBET - Pilgrim Routes to Kailash" presents more than just the geography of Tibet and the Himalayan region; it also examines the question of why this mountain has become a center of religious worship. It depicts the striking parallels between ancient legend and geographic reality, unfolding a "map of faith", which charts all the unique landscapes and sacred sites as seen through the pilgrim's eye.

This lecture is based on Bruno Baumann's award-winning book entitled Kailash - Tibet's Holy Mountain (Malik Publishing House).

Leicavision  in high-definition projection with 8-meter-wide screen

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