Tibetan joss sticks

17:19, June 23, 2011      

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A water mill grinds blocks of cypress wood without bark into pulp which used as the material to make Tibetan joss sticks in Toinba Village, Nyinmo of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, June 22, 2011. Toinba is the birthplace of Tibetan joss sticks. Taking advantage of plentiful water resources and plants, people in the village product the renowned Nyinmo joss sticks. The start of producing Nyinmo joss sticks could date back some 1,300 years when the founder of Tibetan letters invented joss sticks for the purpose of medical treatment in Toinba. Since then, the custom of making joss sticks has been followed and inherited by villagers. In June, 2008, the procedure of making joss sticks was listed as the national intangible culture heritage. (Xinhua/Tao Xiyi)

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