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The art of Tibetan medicine

As the curator of an exhibition on the art of Tibetan medicine, I noticed that visitors were particularly fascinated by a Tibetan medical scroll painting on human embryology. It consisted of over 60 small drawings lined up, in comic-strip style along horizontal registers. Together, they gave a detailed account of how the consciousness of a previous life is thought to combine with the respective ‘red’ and ‘white’ reproductive fluids of

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