Jesus in Britain-the Tin
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A Lost Years image
Did Jesus as St. Issa travel as far as Nepal or even Tibet?
Documents allegedly discovered in a Tibetan monastery in 1887 by a Russian
traveller, Nicolas Notovitch suggests he did. The writings, originally
written in the Pali language, report Issa left home at 13 or 14, and by
the time he was in his early twenties was living in the country
of the Gautamides. Six years later he left Nepal and the Himalayan
mountains and after a rapid exit through India and some preaching to diverse
peoples, returned to Israel at 29 years old.
This painting takes place in a Himalayan region, perhaps Nepal, the distant
edge of India, near where Gautama Buddha was born some centuries before
and where, the documents indicate, Issa spent six years of study. Depicting
a high mountain scene complete with goats, sand paintings and even a meditating
monk, the picture might arguably be considered located in Tibet and Jesus,
St. Issa, is on a research visit. That region had a propensity
for a peculiar and devout spirituality through the Bon religion as
conducted by various shamans.
Later it was overtaken by Buddhic incursions starting in the 8th century,
but the Bon tradition was strong and in many ways became interwoven and
Tibetan Buddhism developed its own unique symbols and iconography. Some
shared designs for example, are drawn counterclockwise on floors and walls
by Bon followers, while the Buddhists, who co-opted them, prefer clockwise.
Interestingly, the Himis documents were retranslated in 1922 by the Indian
Swami Abhedanada. His version added Issa toured Nepal and the Himalayas...
perhaps hinting at more time and activities reaching as far as Tibet.
The Reverend Lama, who showed Swami the manuscript, explained the original
was the compiled result of descriptions gathered from Tibetans, traders
and others who met Issa... .
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