Mongolian Buddhism through Historical Photography: Czechoslovak Perspective



Year of publication 2017
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description The contribution deals with the history of photographic portrayal of Outer Mongolia since the first visit of an American Anthropologist and (later) Czechoslovak patriot Ales Hrdlicka in the year 1912 up to the present. Although the Czechoslovak historical photography documenting the Mongolian Buddhism is not a significant asset to the pictorial treasury in comparison with the Russian and Soviet historical photography, its contribution is not negligible. This is because in particular after World War II, when the number of visitors from the West was limited due to political reasons, Czechoslovak citizens were able to take exceptional photos of Mongolian life, including Mongolian Buddhism.

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