Notes and Ref­er­ences


1 I vis­ited the Saspol Caves in Au­gust 2017. The caves are un­der the ad­min­is­tra­tion of the Likir Monastery, and con­ser­va­tion work has been car­ried out by INTACH Ladakh Chap­ter. The project cur­rently comes un­der the aegis of the World Mon­u­ments Fund. There was no guide avail­able on the site when I vis­ited, and there is hardly any lit­er­a­ture on the caves. Most of the in­for­ma­tion in this ar­ti­cle has been gath­ered from Chiara Bellini’s 2014 pa­per. [see 3] 2 Luczan­its (2005). “The early Bud­dhist her­itage of Ladakh re­con­sid­ered” (pp.65-96). In J. Bray (Ed.). Ladakhi His­to­ries: Lo­cal and re­gional Per­spec­tives; Lei­den: Brill. 3 Chiara Bellini (2014). “The paint­ings of the caves of Sa-spo-la in Ladakh: proof of the de­vel­op­ment of the re­li­gious or­der of the dGe-lugs in In­dian Ti­bet dur­ing the 15th cen­tury.” (pp315346) In Dram­dul and Francesco Sferra (Eds.) From Mediter­ranean to Hi­malaya – A Festschrift to com­mem­o­rate the 120th birth­day of Ital­ian Ti­betol­o­gist Giuseppe Tuc­chi 4 Ka­mala Mukher­jee (1996). “Cul­tural His­tory of Ladakh, Part 1”. Bul­letin of Ti­betol­ogy, No.3, pp.23-27. 5 D. Snell­grove and T. Sko­rup­ski (1980). The Cul­tural Her­itage of Ladakh (Vol­ume 2): Zan­skar and the Cave Tem­ples of Ladakh. Lon­don: Aris & Phillips, Warmin­ster. 6 E. Lo Bue (2007). The Gu Ru La Khang at Phyi dbang: A mid-15th cen­tury Tem­ple in Cen­tral Ladakh. In A. Heller, G. Orofino, and C. Ram­ble (Eds.) Dis­cov­er­ies in Western Ti­bet and the Western Hi­malayas. Es­say on His­tory, Lit­er­a­ture, Archaeology and Art; Lei­den: Brill.

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