Alexandra David-Néel


Alexandra David-Néel (1868-1969) was born in Saint-Mandé, France, into a wealthy family, which she left as a young woman to travel around Europe, India and North Africa, working as a journalist, actress and lyric singer. In Tunisia, in 1900, she met Philippe Néel, whom she later married, which enabled her to travel extensively in Asia for more than thirty years, even travelling on foot and begging. In 1945, she returned to France and settled in the Fortress of Meditation, where she died at the age of 101. She was the first woman to be welcomed into the sanctuaries of Tibet and became a great expert on Buddhism.


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