Alexandra David-Neel Timeline

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  • 1868 - 1969
    Life of adventurer, writer, mystic, and world traveler Alexandra David-Néel.
  • 1888 - 1890
    Alexandra David-Néel embraces theosophy, Buddhism, and Stoicism.
  • 1891
    Alexandra David-Néel's first journey to India.
  • 1895
    Alexandra David-Néel is an opera singer in Indochina (Vietnam).
  • 1904
    Alexandra David-Néel marries Philip Néel.
  • 1911
    Alexandra David-Néel leaves for the East alone.
  • 1914
    Alexandra David-Néel meets Aphur Yongden, her adopted son and traveling companion.
  • 1914 - 1917
    Alexandra David-Néel lives with Yongden in the Himalayas.
  • 1917
    Alexandra David-Néel and Yongden explore Japan and Korea.
  • 1918 - 1920
    Alexandra David-Néel and Yongden live at Kumbum Monastery, China, translating texts.
  • 1923 - 1924
    Alexandra David-Néel and Yongden travel to Lhasa, Tibet; she becomes first European woman to enter Lhasa.
  • 1925
    Alexandra David-Néel returns to France with Yongden.
  • 1927
    Alexandra David-Néel publishes her famous My Journey to Lhasa.
  • 1928 - 1936
    Alexandra David-Néel and Yongden live at Digne, France where she continues to write.
  • 1937 - 1946
    Alexandra David-Néel and Yongden return to the east and live in China.
  • 1946
    Alexandra David-Néel returns to France.
  • 1955
    Alexandra David-Néel's adopted son Yongden dies.
  • 1959
    Marie-Madeleine Peyronnet becomes Alexandra David-Néel's housekeeper and companion.
  • 1968
    World leaders, authors, and others celebrate Alexandra David-Néel's 100th birthday.
  • 1969
    Alexandra David-Néel dies of natural causes at her home in Digne, France.