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Bazar Baradin 1908. “Amdo-Mongolia. Diary of the Buryat Buddhist pilgrim’s journey in Khalkha-Mongolia, Alashan and the Tibetan North-Eastern edge – Amdo. 1905-1907”

 

Bazar Baradin (1878-1937) is a well-known Buryat-Mongolian scholar and politician. September 1905, on assignment of the Russian Committee for the study of the Middle and Eastern Asia he went to Mongolia to join the 13th Dalai Lama’s escort to Tibet for research purposes. From October 1905, he lived five months in Prince Handorj’s banner closely communicating with the Tibetan pontiff and his entourage. At the end of February 1906, he left the Handroj’s banner and went to the Labrang monastery where he spent eight months. Baradin returned home in April 1907, bringing with him a big load of Tibetan and Mongolian books printed mainly at his request in Labrang and Kumbum. This collection of about 200 volumes is preserved nowadays in St. Petersburg at the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

After Baradin’s tragic death in 1937, his personal papers were sent to the same institute where a special collection No 87 named after him was formed. Among them there are four files relating to his 1905-1907 journey, No 28-31. The File No 28 is titled “Amdo-Mongolia. Diary of the Buryat Buddhist pilgrim’s journey in Khalkha-Mongolia, Alashan and the Tibetan North-Eastern edge – Amdo. 1905-1907”. It consists of 301 separate folios, rewritten from the original diary and revised by the author, supposedly, in 1908. The diary describes the Vang Khuree monastery, Prince Handorj and his banner, the 13th Dalai Lama and his entourage and many other things. Of special value are the descriptions of Halh Mongolia of that time and of the Dalai Lama, history of his flight and life in the Vang Khuree.   

Author : Irina Garri

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