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From Brașov to Sambala with Johann Martin Honigberger
From Brașov to Sambala with Johann Martin Honigberger

Author(s): Stefania Maria Custură
Subject(s): Philosophy
Published by: Editura Lumen, Asociatia Lumen
Keywords: travel; exotic lands; intercultural and interethnic environment

Summary/Abstract: Johann Martin Honigberger (Gholab Singh, 1795-1869), was a Saxon pharmacist and doctor, with interests in the fields of botany, numismatics and archeology. Dr. Honigberger travelled to India, Europe and Asia, fascinated by exotic lands and thirsty for adventures beyond the limits of knowledge. Reputed scholar of the Middle East, numismatic and archeologist, excellent homeopath, was a member of Societe Asiatique, whose members Constantin Georgian and Mircea Eliade will become. He speaks 17 languages, is a reputed doctor, famous for his treatments against cholera and plague. Dr. Honigberger publishes his memoirs in London. He is famous mostly for his fantastic short story “The secret of doctor Honigberger,” published by Mircea Eliade in 1940, in “The Royal Foundations Magazine” In this short story, the character succeeds to get out of the profane time and disappear forever onto the mythical land of Shambala. Our research aims to analyze the texts and activity of Martin Honigberger from the perspective of the image of alteration, with a projection onto the intercultural and inter-ethnic environment in Brasov in the nineteenth century, a space with extraordinary formative and modeling values.

  • Issue Year: II/2013
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 189-209
  • Page Count: 21
  • Language: English