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       Tibetan People


The scenery is amazing, the monasteries and temples a treasure trove, but the most amazing thing about Tibet was its people. Their faces told a million stories of lives beyond everything we've known. We could have spent rolls and rolls of film on taking pictures of their faces -- but we weren't shooting roles of film and didn't want to be intrusive. But here are some pictures we did manage to shoot.


Jaymie and Friend

Jaymie's smile (and dredlocks) attracted all kinds of people, including this wonderful older woman we encountered in the Barkor.

Here is Hair

Tibetan women take great pride in their hair, and adorn it with all kinds of beads and jewels. Jaymie was a real match for them! Here is one woman we found -- again in the Barkor outside Jokang Palace.

Jokang Palace

Ever thought that when you climbed to the top of a palace (Jokang Palace in Lhasa, in particular), that you would find five people cleaning one rug?

Tibetan Super Heroes

Tibetans have more than religiousity: they have a sense of humor and even their own super heroes. This super hero inhabited the streets of ancient Lhasa.

Round 'n Round the . . .Barkor

Pilgrims are an everyday sight in Tibet, and are always spinning their prayer wheels and walking in a clock-wise direction to show their devotion.

On the circuit.

Here are two typical Tibetan women on their pilgrimage stroll around the Barkor.

Hair Again

Here is another hair idea -- difficult to see where one braid ends and the other begins!


Gyantse was the least Chinese, least developed, and most Tibetan, of the towns we visited. These people making pilgrimages to the monasteries often brought their children along.

Potala Palace Pilgrims

Every day, hundreds of pilgrims walk clock-wise around the Potala Palace praying. A remarkable demonstration of their adherence to their faith.

Over the Top

The countryside of Tibet is rough, and travel over the high passes can be a challenge. The Tibetans band together -- as in this picture, where they all cooperated to push a bus over the mountain in the snow.


Many Tibetans lead a nomadic life, with their main company being their yaks. Here a several Tibetans stopped for their mid-day meal.

Sew What?

Tibetans are handy people. We loved this scene at the Jokang Palace.

Debating Religion

The monks at the Sera Monastery outside Lhasa, in studying Buddhism, have heated debates about interpretation of the scriptures in the courtyard of the monastery. Quite a sight! Is this a new model for law school moot courts?

And here we have. . .

Here is our guide -- at the Sera Monastery in Lhasa.

Pool, anyone?

We were amazed to discover that billiards is so popular in Tibet: everywhere we went we found pool tables in the streets surrounded by people.

More monks

The debates are all part of the learning process at the monastery.

The Entertainers

Our first night in Tibet, we were entranced by these musicians. They loved their music, and seemed to have as much if not more fun than the audience. The Tibetans love music.

A Sideways Glimpse

She is wonderful -- what an expressive face.

Taking a break

Pilgrims en route.

Land Cruisers

Land cruisers -- our guide, our driver, and our car. We really need a four-wheel drive!





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