Mostly Portraits – Central Tibet
Below are mostly portraits. Enjoy.
Most evenings, the older residents of Lhasa enjoyed their daily circumambulation of the Jokhang.
The valleys in Central Tibet are at about 12,000 feet above sea level, Eastern Tibet (Khams, ཁམས་) are 10,000 feet. The primary crops are root vegetable like turnips, potatoes, radishes, etc., barley, and rape flower for cooking oil.
Sakya is south of the road going from Shigatse to Nepal. Before the Dali Lamas ruled, the Mongolians took over China and Tibet. The Sakya sect ruled Tibet under the Mongolians. Tibet did not put up a fight as defeat was certain. The Gelupas passed leadership through reincarnation. The Sakya was passed uncle to nephew.
The women are passing out yak butter tea. It is more of a broth and tastes better than it sounds.
This was taken on a sidewalk of a major Lhasa thoroughfare. Makes going to the dentist in the US a breeze. Note the dentist’s tool.
Taking a breather by the road.