Walter Yeeling Evans-Wentz


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A scholar of Celtic mythology who later became involved in the publication of several works of Tibetan Buddhism (see Tibet), including the famous Tibetan Book of the Dead (Bar-do thos-grol), even though he himself could not read Tibetan or Sanskrit. These works were initially translated by a Tibetan, Kazi Dawa Samdup, and Evans-Wentz took it upon himself to revise the text and preface it with lengthy but often misleading introductions giving his views about the significance of the work in question. Though highly influential in their day, these translations have been strongly criticized by modern scholars and should now generally be regarded as historical curiosities.

Subjects: Buddhism.

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