Lifestlye of Tibetans

08:34, May 23, 2011      

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File photo taken on Aug. 18, 2008 shows Tibetan ethnic performers wearing masks while dancing to celebrate the Ongkor (Bumper Harvest) Festival in Doilungdeqen County of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region. Over the past 60 years, the Tibetan and other ethnic minorities living in the region have preserved their traditional garments and ornaments, diet and housing styles, and devoted their heart and soul to their beliefs. Compared with the population of Muslims and Catholics in Tibet, the Tibetan Buddhism devotees dominate the region. Tibet has more than 1,700 monasteries, which accommodate 46,000 lamas and nuns, accounting for about 2 percent of Tibet's population. But most of the three million people in the region are active Buddhists, who worship and practice religious rituals at home. The transmission lineage system of the reincarnation of a great lama after his death is unique to Tibetan Buddhism, and this has been respected by the state and governments at all levels in Tibet. In addition, many other religious activities and rites are also rich in content and diverse in form. The Tibetan ethics keep their custom to celebrate the Tibetan New Year, Bathing Festival, Ongkor (Bumper Harvest) Festival, Butter Lamp Festival, Dharma Festival, Burning Offerings Festival, Garchachen Festival and horse race fairs. Meanwhile, some modern events, like the Yarlung Art Festival in Shannan, Khampa Art Festival at Qamdo and so on, have also brought into being. The beauty and mystery of Tibet has embraced visitors worldwide and boomed in its tourism. (Xinhua/Purbu Zhaxi)


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Source: Xinhua

 
 
     
 
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