Zmago Šmitek (1949), PhD, is 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 is an internationally renowned expert in his field and has received numerous awards for his work. In addition to Slovenia, his fieldwork experience includes the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. His main interests are anthropology of religion, comparative mythology and Asian cultures. His most recent 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.