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Alexandra David-Néel born Louise Eugénie Alexandrine Marie David (born in Saint-Mandé, Val-de-Marne on 24 October 1868, and died in Digne-les-Bains, on 8 September 1969) was a Belgian-French explorer, spiritualist, Buddhist and writer, most known for her visit to Lhasa, Tibet, in 1924, when it was forbidden to foreigners. David-Néel wrote over 30 books about Eastern religion, philosophy, and her travels. Her teachings influenced beat writers such as Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsburg.
Alexandra David-Néel ° Famous for adventures in India, China and Tibet, and the books recording these, she is best known for her daring journey to Lhasa over the Trans-Himalayas in midwinter 1924. She was disguised as a beggar/pilgrim and eluded soldiers, brigands and officials of the British Empire. She became the first European woman to reach Tibet's forbidden capital, and she remains the most accurate, extensive source on the arcane Buddhist practices of a vanishing world.