is it really like? When preparing for the trek I found it so fascinating
that I had to split the information into several pages and put
a special menu at the top of this page.
pages will give you the basics about geography and a short course
in Tibetan history, while this page will tell you about...
Facts About Tibet you never knew...
Cars: Before the Second World War there wrere only 2 cars in the whole
Tibet. (Registration TIBET I belonged to XIII Dalai Lama).
1934 a reformer politician Lungshar Dorje Tsegyal was accused
of plotting to kill his opponents with black magic, as ‘evil
scriptures’ have been found in his shoes. He was sentenced
to removal of his eyeballs through squeezing them out of his
scull with yak bones. The sentence was carried out.
the 1980s Tibet was closed to foreigners. The first western woman ever
entered Lhasa in 1924 disguised as a beggar. She was Alexandra
introduced by the British after 1904. Has been banned by the conservative
forces 20 years later.
were over 6000 monasteries in the 1930s, less than 70 survived
after the ‘democratic
reform’ by the Chinese. The holy scriptures from the monasteries
were used as a fertiliser on the fields. In the nineties many
shrines were rebuilt from the rubble.
and nuns: Buddhist monks take up 250 vows, nuns
360. They usually remain celibate, but can marry if they wish.
Tongue: The Tibetans clap their hands as a sign of disapproval
(boooo!) and stick their tongues out as a signe of approval and
welcome. This completely buffled the British soldiers marching
into Lhasa in 1904, when they were grreted by clapping crowds
Tibetan written language is nearly 1300 years old and has changed
its invention. It is besed on alphabet and not the ideograms and
belongs to an Indo-European family, derived from the
Ranjana script of Northern India. Internet Explorer V.6 is capable
of displaying it! See the sample below:
burials: Traditionally Tibetans do not bury their
dead – their bodies and left high in the mountains for the vultures.
make their job easier they are usually chopped into smaller pieces.
all Buddhists the Tibetans believe in reincarnation of the spirit
while a normal person may be reincarnated as an animal or an insect,
some prominent lamas are reincarnated as other lamas. These
prestigious reincarnations are called TULKU.
Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama are the two most important spiritual
leaders of Tibet. Read more on the History and Religion
popular term meaning 'the land of eternal happines' was coined
in 1933 by James Hilton, an author of a novel “The Lost Horizon”
set in Tibet.
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