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Poison was apparently considered a speciality of certain, mainly eastern Tibetan 'magicians' and the numerous references to poisons and poisoning in Tibetan Tantric texts, as well as in earlier Indian traditions, suggest the exist~nce of a lineage of knowledge of these weapons, not necessarily within state control. The use of poison is certainly known in wider Central Asian history and the issue deserves attention. 31 THE MODERN PERIOD: 1895-1959: ENCOUNTER WITH MODERNITY The second point is the Tibetan government's use of omens and of the advice of the State Oracle(s).

The basically self-sufficient nature of monasteries within their local settings, prevented the rise of a coherent espace-mouvement in economic terms ... A compounding factor was the spatially disparate orientation of Tibet's major regional clusters, which by virtue of their location vis-a-vis their respective economies-mondes, had always worked against Tibetan economic integration"; van Spengen, Tibetan Border Worlds, pp. 94-5. 22 See T. Grunfeld, The Making of Modern Tibet, revised edition (New York: M.

1959 is thus a convenient point at which to end these volumes. Since 1959 the Dalai Lama and his followers have established a thriving Tibetan government-in-exile in Dharamsala (India), and have promoted the spread of their Buddhist faith throughout the Western, and Eastern, world. But despite such recognition of the Tibetan cause as the award of the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize to the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan problem remains unsolved, and will remain so while Tibet remains a colony. The Tibetans who have remained in their homeland have suffered enormously under Chinese colonialism, with massive loss of life through famine, political repression and the violent destruction of their culture and way of life.

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