Bhutan is a country that actively seeks to prevent its culture from being dominated by Western influences. The country'sself-imposed isolation has managed to preserve cultural traditions that date back to the 17th century. The rich Bhutanese cultural identity is deeply rooted in Buddhism and its geographical location in the Himalayas.
Bhutan is also a monarchy in which the edicts of the royal family are still observed as law; the fourth Queen of Bhutan, Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck’s Treasures of the Thunder Dragon, offers a Queen’s perspective on Bhutan’s incredibly landscape and society. What Makes You Not a Buddhist is a brief introduction to Buddhism whilst Francoise Pommaret’s Bhutan presents an introduction to the history and culture of this cloistered kingdom. Linda Leaming’s Married to Bhutan depicts the way in which ‘Gross National Happiness’ has become central to the political and cultural ethos of the country, determining their attitude to everything from conservation to foreign policy..