Zmago Šmitek (1949 - 2018), PhD, was a retired professor at the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana. A member of several national and international associations and journal advisory boards, Šmitek was an internationally renowned expert in his field and received numerous awards for his work. In addition to Slovenia, his fieldwork experience included the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. His main interests were anthropology of religion, comparative mythology and Asian cultures. His last book, Mandalas, Secret Gardens of Enlightenment (Mandale, tajni vrtovi razsvetljenja, 2016), is the culmination of 40 years of work and is considered his magnum opus.