Category Archives: Tibetan Culture

2014 Amdo Road Trip

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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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Tibetan Culture: Yak Hair Tent

The most precious possessions to Tibetan nomads are their black yak hair tent and livestock.  Yak hair is sheared from a family’s yaks and collected over a number of years until there is enough yak hair to make a tent. The yak hair is then hand-woven by nomad women into a tough, durable material. A family’s wealth can be seen

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Tibetan Culture: Tholma (Tibetan Breakfast)

Tibetans use roasted barley flour to make a porridge called tholma. While tsamba is dry and has the consistency of dough, tholma is more liquidy and has the consistency of porridge.  Tholma is generally considered to be a breakfast food. For Tibetan families, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  It is the

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Tibetan Culture: Tsamba

Tsamba is one of the most important types of food for Tibetans, which they eat on a daily basis.  To make tsamba, roasted barley flour is usually mixed with butter, traditional Tibetan dried cheese, sugar, and Tibetan tea.  The result is tsamba, a sweet delicious cake consumed in every Tibetan village. Barley flour, the primary

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