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The Most Prominent Women in Tibetan History

The Most Prominent Women in Tibetan History

In the ancient Tibetan culture, while it is the men that rule the roost, it is actually the women who do most of the hard work. However, while Tibetan women have long been given equal rights by Tibetan tradition, historical documents have often described the Tibetan women as being gentle and hardworking. Something that has...
What Is Tibet Known For?

What Is Tibet Known For?

Tibet is known as the “Roof of the World”, the “Third Pole”, or the “Land of Snows”. It is one of the most renowned places in the world. Few people have not heard of this land in Asia, the home of Buddhist Monasteries, the vast Himalayan Mountains, hairy yaks, and the beautiful landscape. Believed to...
Is Tibet a safe place to Travel?

Is Tibet a safe place to Travel?

“The journey to Tibet is a long one, often fraught with danger and disaster, from which many men will never return.” While this may have been true for the famous botanist and National Geographic writer, Joseph Rock. When he made his eventful expeditions to Southwest China and Tibet in the early 1920s, these days, there...
Losar - The Tibetan New Year

Losar – The Tibetan New Year

Losar, the Tibetan New Year, is the most important celebration and festival in the Tibetan lunisolar calendar. It has been in place for more than 1,000 years. Ancient Tibetans were traditionally nomads, who lived on the harsh Tibetan plateau, herding yaks and sheep and farming the land for grain and other crops. When the crops...
Buddha and the Beginnings of Buddhism

Buddha and the Beginnings of Buddhism

The world’s fourth largest religion, Buddhism is one of the most widely revered religions, with more than 520 million followers around the globe. From its humble beginnings in India, thanks to the teachings of one mortal man, Buddhism spread across the globe. Starting in around the 6th to 4th centuries BCE, Buddhism expanded from its...
The Ancient Artworks of Western Tibet

The Ancient Artworks of Western Tibet

While most of Tibet came under the influence of the Tibetan Kings during the 7th and 8th centuries, a large area of the region on the roof of the world was held by other kingdoms. Vast stretches of the plateau in the modern-day Ngari Prefecture were once home to the ancient kingdoms of Guge and...
The Tibetan Yak – The Backbone of Tibetan Lifestyle in Tibet

The Tibetan Yak – The Backbone of Tibetan Lifestyle in Tibet

When you think of Tibet, most people imagine massive mountains and vast plains, with high lakes spread across the plateau and thousands of monasteries filled with red-robed Buddhist monks. And the ever-present yak. Wherever you go in Tibet, you will find yaks grazing on the pasturelands and beside the rivers and lakes where the grass...
Pilgrimage - The Tibetan Holy Quest

Pilgrimage – The Tibetan Holy Quest

One of the most amazing sights on the Tibetan plateau is not the stunning palaces, ancient temples, and high mountains, but is something more base and simple, and down to earth. All across the region, throughout the year, Tibetan pilgrims can be seen walking, riding, or even prostrating along the side of the road towards...
The Pilgrimage of the Tibetan Buddhist

The Pilgrimage of the Tibetan Buddhist

Pilgrimage has long been an essential part of the Tibetan Buddhist way of life, and for more than 1,300 years, Buddhists from across Tibet have undertaken this ritual journey to sacred sites in Tibet, Nepal, and India as a major part of their devotion to Buddha. In Tibetan, the word for “pilgrim” is “gnas skor...
Top Tibetan Festivals for 2019

Top Tibetan Festivals for 2019

Festivals in Tibet are an important part of the Tibetan calendar, as well as being a major part of the local people’s lives. Tibetans love festivals and celebrations, and in the Tibetan Buddhist calendar, there are more than twenty major festivals throughout the year, as well as several small local festivals. The Tibetan calendar lags...
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