Zhangzhung

https://tinyurl.com/lr8hpo5 (c) 2017

Unconquerable snow mountains; mirror-clear lakes; circulating Buddhist mantras, and a soul facing lifestyle. From the past to the future, Tibet has been and will remain a land of mysteries. Today in Tibet, the busy streets of Barkhor and the magnificent palace of Potala seem like an echo from a distant shadow. Songtsen Gampo united dozens of tribes and built the Tibetan empire in the 7th century, while Buddhism came into Tibet, alone with the Tibetan writing system which is adopted from Sanskrit, and henceforth the Tibetan bibliographical history began. Yet for the centuries before Buddhism, Tibet’s civilization seemed lost, and the key to unlock the black hole of time lies in the vast land of Ngari. Continue reading “Zhangzhung”

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The Tea Horse Road

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Memorial statues of Chamadao tea merchants in Ya’an Sichuan

Civilizations depend on roads to connect, and a ancient road through Southwestern China, Tibet, Northeastern India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bengal, and Myanmar has been fusing cultures for centuries. The Tibetan Plateau is too harsh for most vegetables to grow, and Tibetan people’s consumption of vitamin relies greatly on tea, and tea also help them to digest the heavy meat that they eat daily, so you may find in Tibet that as long as there is a table, there is a table of Tibetans drinking tea. Continue reading “The Tea Horse Road”

The Tibetan cultural zone

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Today’s Tibet appear as the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China on maps, and yet there are more than the TAR that can be called Tibet. The traditional Tibetan cultural zone is subdivided into three major regions, and the Tibetan Autonomous Region was traditionally Ü-Tsang, while the other two being Amdo, which is the Continue reading “The Tibetan cultural zone”