Category Archives: Religion

Year of the Horse & the Great Sacred Mountains of Tibet

Tibetan Connections is offering specialized trips in 2014 to all of the great sacred mountains of Tibet. To book a trip or for more information on trip itineraries, please visit Journey to Mount Kailash and Amnye Machen Trek. 2014 is the year of the horse, occurring only once every 12 years.  This year is a  time when pilgrimage to holy

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Tibetan Places: The ancient Tibetan printing press of Derge

Quick Facts: Location: Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, 1050 km west of the Sichuan provincial capital Chengdu Elevation: approx. 3300 m. above sea level Population: approx. 70,000 90% Tibetans Cultural Significance: Ancient printing house and trading center Must See: Printing house, ancient monasteries Derge printing press, or Derge Parkhang, is located at the site of one the 18 great Tibetan

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Tibetan Culture: Labtse Offering

Labtse is a religious offering composed of giant arrows and spears, traditional Tibetan silk scarves (khatak), juniper leaves, sheep’s wool, and prayer flags.  Labtse are generally huge permanent offerings to the mountain gods built on the apex of sacred mountains. Labtse offerings are performed for the purpose of propitiating mountain gods to bring good fortune

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Religion in Tibet

The earliest Tibetan religion was a type of animistic tribal belief system. The elements (such as water, earth, wind, and fire) and certain mountain deities were worshipped and appeased with incense offerings. Special rock cairns strung with prayer flags would be conspicuously placed at high mountain peaks and passes to assure good fortune. The prayer

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