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"...a restless man who pushed himself hard, who was as eager to communicate with peasants as with aristocrats and who was determined to avoid the routine in life."
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Guardian angel of Tibet, great French explorer Peissel died in Paris

Posted: Oct 18, 2011 04:13 am EDT
(Newsdesk) Michel Peissel, a French explorer who devoted a good part of his life to recording the culture of Tibet died on Oct. 7 at his home in Paris. He was 74, reported NYTimes.

The Harvard Business School drop-out became an explorer and made incredible travels all the way into the 1980s. He early took to the people of Tibet and wrote increasingly angrily about the large-scale destruction of the country, said the news source.

Traveling on foot and on horseback, "he made some very important journeys," CuChullaine of the Long Riders' Guild told ExplorersWeb, "and stood up the Red Chinese to his dying day."

Peissel had identified a small purebred Tibetan horse and also helped CuChullaine with the Tibetan side of the highly popular Deadly Equines project, recently posted at ExplorersWeb.

NYTimes report that over time, Peissel became more and more outspoken in his political views:

"Fluent in Tibetan, Mr. Peissel grew to identify with the monks, yak drivers, salt traders and other nomads he got to know in almost 30 expeditions, and to criticize the Chinese and even some Tibetans, including the Dalai Lama, for not standing up enough, in his view, against the Chinese occupiers and their oppression."

Quoting his friends and family, NYTimes wrote:

"Mr. Peissel was a restless man who pushed himself hard, who was as eager to communicate with peasants as with aristocrats and who was determined to avoid the routine in life."


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