The Interesting Things About Tibet You Probably Don’t Know Yet

Tibet has appeared many times in films, such as: Tibetan code, Painted skin, and especially Seven years in Tibet by actor Brat Pitt playing an Austrian explorer exploring this land.

People cannot grow tea in Tibet. All kinds of tea importing from traders who come here to exchange tea for horses through the thousands of miles of Tea Horse Road which no less legendary like the Silk Road.

To deal with the hypoxia in this plateau, the amount of pigment in the blood of Tibetans is very low. Each Tibetan child at the age of 1 will be submerged in ice water by the most competent woman in the village for a minute, and then brought up to wear clothes and scarf. If the child can survive, he or she has overcome the challenge of this birth.

After death, Tibetans will be buried in the form of sky burial (or bird-scattered)

The dead were taken off their clothes, wrapped in white fabric with the posture of being rolled up  like in the womb with the meaning of being reincarnated as a child in the next life. The Lamas will chant for a free soul from suffering and they will divide the dead body into many parts, pull the organs out, crush the bones and scatter them around to attract vultures. The faster the birds eat, the faster the dead is salvaged. When the bird flies into the sky, they bring the soul of the dead to be reborn in the new reincarnation.

Everything in Tibet is like being one. Tibet is a sacred land separated from the outside world. As the German Buddhist professor Angarika Govinda, the author of the famous book “The Way of The White Clouds” writes about this place: “Tibet has become a symbol for all that humanity has lost and it is in danger of eternally destroyed, although the human being is no longer expect anything for this land to maintain the tradition that is not only rooted in a historical and cultural past, but also in the profound nature man, in that depth, the past is the fountainhead  that always presents for the spiritual creation.”

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