Mamba is the Tibetan word for doctor of medicine, while Rasang means‘college’or‘research institute’.
At the fall of the Yuan Dynasty and the rise of the Ming, the Yuan capital Xanadu was sacked. A famous pharmacopoeia was rescued from the flames of Xanadu, and it passed through many hands before coming at last to Ordos.
For many years the pharmacopoeia was hidden to the monastery for safekeeping.Only the abbot of Mamba Rasang knew exactly who held the pharmacopoeia and where, information passed to his successor by each
However, Lobsang Khenpo, the predecessor of the current abbot, had died suddenly of illness aged fifty three. It was said he had not been able to tell his successor where the pharmacopeia was kept. And so was born the great mystery of Mamba Rasang ...
This novel takes us back to life on the grasslands of the Ordos Plateau in the closing days of the 19th century, and paints a fascinating portrait of Mongolian nomadic culture.