Ancient Culture, Contemporary Wisdom with Helena Norberg-Hodge


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What do we have to learn from a tiny, arid mountain culture in the Himalayas? Helena Norberg-Hodge has spent many years becoming intimately familiar with the Ladakhi language and culture, and offers us colorful descriptions of their family and social life. She tells of the strength and beauty of a society that emphasizes interdependence, a society in which a woman may have multiple husbands and families are large and close. We hear how their spiritual philosophy translates into their attitudes and personalities, and of the important lessons on many levels that we can learn from an indigenous culture that has evolved with and from its environment. “Our sense of self, our sense of being, has co-evolved with the natural world,” she explains, “and it’s still our home.”


Norberg-Hodge is the author of Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh (Sierra Club 1991) and Bringing the Food Economy Home: Local Alternatives to Global Agribusiness (Zed Books Ltd. 2002)

Host: Michael Toms                  Interview Date: 1/8/1992                     Program Number: 2302                     


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