Women on Tibetan Plateau
Animals and Surroundings

On the Move

Today, people tend to forget how much we, homo sapiens, have always moved from one place to another. Migration, which happened ‘en masse’ for m...

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Silhouettes
Religion and Culture

Silhouettes

Ritoma, like many other areas of grassland is a succession of hills and valleys. Nomads pitch their tents on the south facing flank of a hill, ...

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Going to the Races
Religion and Culture

Going to the Races

Horses used to be central to life on the Tibetan Plateau, for transportation, herding and symbols of status. The Plateau was famous for its han...

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Sagadawa
Religion and Culture

Sagadawa

Sagadawa is the full moon of the 4th month of lunar calendar. This is the day that the Buddha was born, gained enlightenment and passed away. I...

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Sagadawa Practices
Religion and Culture

Sagadawa Practices

Sagadawa is a holy month during which merit is believed to count manifold over that accumulated at any other time. Tibetan Buddhist culture is ...

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Losar
Religion and Culture

Losar

The New Year is a time to start anew, to put negative thoughts, habits and struggles behind us and look towards the future with hope and resolv...

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As Losar Approaches
Religion and Culture

As Losar Approaches

As the end of the year of the Monkey approaches to give way to that of the Dog, I think about Losar’s attributes: Though it may be cold outside...

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Cham Dance
Clothing

Cham Dance

Every year around December, when the cold has settled in and the new year is close, the monastery in Garnying, a few kilometers from Ritoma, ho...

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Ritoma's Four Sacred Peaks
Religion and Culture

Ritoma's Four Sacred Peaks

Across the valley from our house stands the highest peak in Ritoma, the Amney Tongra. Shaped in the hump of a crouching animal, it is the abode...

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Kangtsa Medical College
Religion and Culture

Kangtsa Medical College

Kangtsa is a small monastery situated on the border between Zorge and Karkya. Along with Shakyong and Takster, it is among the oldest Gelukpa mo...

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Black Pottery
Craft

Black Pottery

When looking to bring more charm to our Norden Camp dishware, we thought of Tibetan Black Pottery, which had undergone a revival in Gyethang, n...

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