Don Messerschmidt

Don Messerschmidt is an anthropologist and writer who has spent several decades studying local cultures, including pilgrimage, in the Nepal Himalaya.

In the presence of the gods

Shaligram pilgrimage in the Nepal Himalaya.

Jul 06, 2021

High Himalayan hype

Infatuation with Everest has inspired Everest-sized absurdities.

May 11, 2012

A Himalayan mystery – solved?

The Ascent of Rum Doodle is a widely appreciated mountaineering satire — but of what, exactly?

Dec 01, 2011

Latest Articles

The quintessential prey

Care, coexistence and predation in a recent Hindi film on human-animal relations.

The price of immunity

Cost comparisons of COVID-19 vaccines across the region.

Bordered by violence

On borders and maps as concrete sites of state violence.

The caravan of Sanuman

Translated excerpt from Dor Bahadur Bista’s Nepali-language novel ‘Sotala’.