10 new facts for the school kids on Tibetan life.
Was in basecamp today and decided to pick the brains of some local Tibetan people – my Tibetan language was as good as there English, but here’s what we mustered up…
DID YOU KNOW that…
1. Tibetan traditional houses are painted in three colours ..
White – brown & blue
Each colour symbolising
Intelligence – courage – compassion.
2. Tibetan people by tradition place prayer flags around there houses & property’s paying special attention to there roofs for spiritual protection.
3. There prayer flashers are made up of the 5 natural elements each a different colour. Red – green – yellow -blue – white each symbolising
EARTH – WATER- FIRE – AIR – SPACE.
4. Sherpa people & Tibetan people hold the same values & traditions.
5. Sherpa people were first called ESTLING people and originated in the east of Tibet then moved to mainly reside in Nepal to follow better prosperity & better living conditions with a better climate Nepal for farming & living of the land.
6. Sherpa people ever sleep with there feet facing the mountain.
7. TSEMBA is the daily food of traditional Tibetan people , it’s made up from barley & water. The barley is ground down in water in a mill and once this process is complete it take a paste form or a dough form (like white bread). It’s not cooked in any way and is ate like this in the raw form along with hot black tea. If you haven’t been brought up on this type of bread you would get a sore tummy if you Tried it.
8. Tibetans religion was called BUN religion before there were introduced to Buddhism.
9. Most of the population of Tibetan people are vegaterian “don’t eat meat”& those that do never eat meat on a Wednesday.
10. Traditional Tibetan people believe strongly that they must always help others & if there not In a position to help others they must never cause them any harm.
They believe that the true enemy’s in life are attachment or “selfishness” – anger – ignorance.
So there’s a few more interesting ( I hope) facts into the life of a traditional Tibetan Himalayan life that’s been unspoiled by the influences of the outside world.