Tibet -- Roof of the World
Tibet -- made famous by Brad Pitt's "Seven Years in Tibet" and the Dalai Lama. This mysterious highland is one destination I want to travel to in China.
Excerpt from A Musical Journey: From the Great Wall of China to the Water Towns of Jiangnan, Chapter 4, Tibet -- Roof of the World
"It was not only a wonderful Musical Journey for my daughter, but was also one for my whole family." -- Kathy Price, NJ
Tibet Autonomous Region is situated on the Qinghai-Tibet plateau, the highest in the world, at an average elevation of 4,000m above sea level.
Tibet is surrounded by snow-capped mountains on all sides. In the south, the Himalaya Mountains are home to the highest peak in the world, Mount Everest, which stands at 8848m. Tibetans call Mount Everest “Mother Goddess of the Earth”.
The life of the Tibetan people revolves around religion. The majority embrace Tibetan Buddhism, commonly called Lamaism. Lama means “teacher”. At an early age, boys join the monasteries to be educated by Lamas. From these senior monks, they learn about Buddhism, and how to read and write, calculate, and meditate.
Sitting against the top of the Red Hill in Lhasa city is the monastery-like Potala Palace. About 1,300 years ago, Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo built the palace for his Chinese bride, Princess Wencheng of the Tang Dynasty.
The Potala Palace is comprised of the White Palace and Red Palace. These are the centers for political (white) and religious (red) affairs in old Tibet.
Within the Potala Palace are more than 200,000 Buddhist statues of various sizes made of copper, silver or gold. Buried in the Red Palace are the tombs of past Dalai Lamas.
In Tibet, presenting a “kartha” to another person is a custom which shows sincerity and respect. A kartha is a white silk scarf. White is one of the three religious colors along with red and yellow.
New Folk Music from A Musical Journey
Tibetan boys and girls are celebrating. This is an original musical piece with bamboo flute and Tibetan drum and banjo.To A Musical Journey
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