In the Spirit of Valentine
People

In the Spirit of Valentine

Most marriages in Ritoma are arranged by the families. When a young man or woman come to age, which is very early, their parents begin to look ...

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Monlam, the Great Prayer Festival
Tibetan Religion and Culture

Monlam, the Great Prayer Festival

The origin of Great Prayer Festival was to mark the display of the Buddha’s miraculous powers and the defeat of his doctrinal opponents in the ...

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New Year, New Light
Tibetan Religion and Culture

New Year, New Light

On the Tibetan Plateau, Losar, or New Year is the most celebrated event of the year, a time for family reunions, weddings and new beginnings. D...

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Natural Shades
Natural Surroundings and Seasons

Natural Shades

Herds of Yak are visible from miles away, black dots on green or yellow pasture. Up close, they appear mostly dark brown, with some lighter ani...

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Winter Wedding
Tibetan Religion and Culture

Winter Wedding

Winter is the wedding season. It is the time of year when the animals stay near the nomad’s winter settlements, feeding on oats or the little g...

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Around Norlha
Natural Surroundings and Seasons

Around Norlha

The Norlha Atelier stands at the entrance of Ritoma village, after the basketball court and before the spread of winter houses and the sprawlin...

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Ice
Natural Surroundings and Seasons

Ice

Glistening, cold, slippery, stark and pitiless, ice is an integral part of winter. Ice on the Plateau is never very far away; in late august, i...

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Infinite Mix
Products

Infinite Mix

At the end of each year, Norlha weaves a special limited edition collection. It can be scarves, shawls or blankets. This year, we went a little...

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Winter Pilgrims
Tibetan Religion and Culture

Winter Pilgrims

For rural Tibetans, maximum leisure comes with winter. The harvest long over, farmers turn to other occupations and the bare pasture keeps the ...

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Fog
Natural Surroundings and Seasons

Fog

Clouds roll over the Plateau bringing rain and snow. In summer or early fall, when the air is humid, they often lie low creating a blanket of f...

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The Tibetan Tent
Natural Surroundings and Seasons

The Tibetan Tent

Tibetan nomads have lived in their black yak hair tents for as long as anyone can remember. Depending on the area they live in and the conditio...

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The Throwing or Ritual Cakes
Tibetan Religion and Culture

The Throwing or Ritual Cakes

Every year, Ritoma holds the ceremony of throwing the ‘Torkya’ or Ritual Cake. Triangular in shape and over four feet high, torkyas are red and...

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