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Tibetan People Photos

In Tibet I'd expected to be blown away by the dramatic mountains and landscapes, but for me, the people were definitely the stars of the show.

Seeing and hearing the Sikhs chanting holy verses on their pilgrim to Punjab's Golden Temple, and possibly the Sudanese along the Nile River during Ramadan, are the only places I've been where the people come close to the Tibetans for authentic devotion.

As the world modernizes and becomes increasingly global, it's refreshing to see people like the Tibetans continuing to live by their traditional values, wearing their authentic garb and revering their religion, its idols and temples as they have for millenia.


Tibet doesn't have a just one or two locals in costumes putting on traditional dances for tourists or flogging their wares around the temples; the majority of the Tibetans are the real deal. Here are a few snaps, click on the photos for a larger image...


Good tunes from the Tibetan 6-string guitar
Strumming a tune on the Tibetan 6-string guitar

 

Tibetan woman on her pilgrim
Tibetan woman on her pilgrim

 

A Tibetan woman admiring artwork at Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigaste
Tibetan woman admiring artwork at Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse

 

Tibetan monks chanting their prayers in unison at Lhasa's Sera Monastery
Tibetan monks chanting their prayers in unison at Lhasa's Sera Monastery

 

Tibet's ubiquitous prayer wheels
Tibet's ubiquitous prayer wheels

 

Hardy yaks enjoying the cold at the monastery at Mt. Everest base camp
Hardy yaks enjoying the cold at the monastery at Mt. Everest base camp. Yaks play a pivotal role in the Tibetan's survival in often harsh conditions, providing wool, leather, meat, milk, cheese, butter, candles (from the butter), tea (also from the butter), transport, fuel (the poop) and ploughing. Even the bones are used for soup and decoration.

 

Yak butter monger, or yak chops if you'd rather
Yak butter monger, or yak chops if you'd rather

 

Fuel for the fire and the creator
Fuel for the fire and the creator

 

Shaggy Yaks transporting the goods above 5,000 metres
Shaggy Yaks transporting the goods above 5,000 metres

 

Kids on the Tibetan monastery tour
Kids on the Tibetan monastery tour

 

Taking a break from the pilgrimage to take in the view of Tashilhunpo Monastery and Shagaste
Taking a break from the pilgrimage to take in the view of Tashilhunpo Monastery and Shigatse

 

Monks counting the money donated by pilgrims to the monastery
Monks counting the money donated by pilgrims to the monastery

 

Tibetan family on their pilgrim
Tibetan family on their pilgrim

 

Tibetan lady
Tibetan lady

 

Tibetans postrating en masse
Tibetans postrating en masse

 

Tibetans ladies gossiping by the mighty Brahmaputra River
Tibetans ladies gossiping by the mighty Brahmaputra River

 

Ellen and her Tibetan friends in Gyantse
Ellen and her Tibetan friends in Gyantse

 

Devoted Tibetans on the Tashinhunpo Kora in Shagatse
Devoted Tibetans on the Tashilhunpo Kora in Shagatse

 

Another Tibetan with a big fuzzy hat on a motorcycle
Another Tibetan with a big fuzzy hat on a motorcycle

 

Our guide Gelek overlooking Tibet's turquoise Yamdrok Tso Lake
Our guide Gelek overlooking Tibet's turquoise Yamdrok Tso Lake

 

Click here for information and photos about our winter trip to Tibet Click for photos of Tibetan landmarks

Click here for info & photos from our winter trip to Tibet

Click for photos of Tibetan landmarks

 

 

 

 

 

 


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