DUNCAN, Marion Herbert

DUNCAN, Marion Herbert. Celina, co. Mercer, Ohio 17.1.1896 — Boonsboro, co. Washington, Maryland ?.1.1977. U.S. Missionary in Khams (Eastern Tibet). Son of John Stephen D. (1872–1912) and Sarah Jane Russell (1874–1904), graduated from Hiram College. In 1921-35 served as missionary of the Disciples of Christ in Batang (‘Ba‘-thams) in Khams (Lopez) or 1921-32 of United Christian Missionary Society and then 1934-36 member of the second Brooke Dolan expedition to eastern Tibet (Shavit). Back in the U.S.A. resided in Alexandria Va. as teacher of Tibetan and translator. In 1947-51 worked in Japan. Married Kathryn Louise Habecker (1892–1977), three sons.

Publications: The Mountain of Silver Snow. 240 p. Cincinnati 1929.

The Yangtze and the Yak: Adventurous Trails in and Out of Tibet. 353 p. Alexandria Va. 1952.

Harvest Festival Dramas of Tibet. 275 p. Hong Kong 1955; More Harvest Festival Dramas of Tibet. 123 p. 1967.

Love Songs and Proverbs of Tibet. 239 p. L. 1961

Customs and Superstitions of Tibetans. 265 p. L. 1964.

Sources: Lopez 2008, 185f.; D. Shavit, The United States in Asia. Westport CT 1990, 140f.; findagrave.com.

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