The longstanding myth of the Tibetan paradise of Shambala was re-introduced to contemporary culture in the form of James Hilton’s 1933 novel Lost Horizon – a Himalayan paradise in a valley cut off from the rest of the world where the wisdom of the human race is being conserved against the imminent threat of catastrophe.  The story was set in this troubled and sometimes disillusioned time between World Wars, and reflected a sense of longing for hope the renewal of man’s greater ideals.   “… the Dark Ages that are to come will cover the whole world in a single pall; there will be neither escape nor sanctuary save such as are too secret to be found or to humble to be noticed.  And…