I am afraid you can be bored already with my Parisian pictures (I am) so why not to jump to the vast archive. The friends visited me last week for advice about what to visit in China. On this occasion I looked at my archive pictures. I found some nice photos. So I will show a few. I was in China five weeks in 2006 and posted only 18 photos on TE.
Here Tibetan nothing special. It is something like an hermitage near Drepung Monastery. The monks (or maybe nuns) are living in a kind of cave. I liked the red of the cloth.
Drepung Monastery is one of the "great three" Gelukpa university monasteries of Tibet. The other two are Ganden and Sera.
Drepung is the largest of all Tibetan monasteries and is located on the Gambo Utse mountain, five kilometers from the western suburb of Lhasa.
Freddie Spencer Chapman reported, after his 1936-37 trip to Tibet, that Drepung was at that time the largest monastery in the world, and housed 7,700 monks, "but sometimes as many as 10,000 monks."
Since the 1950s, Drepung Monastery, along with its peers Ganden and Sera, have lost much of their independence and spiritual credibility in the eyes of Tibetans since they operate under the close watch of the Chinese security services. All three were reestablished in exile in the 1950s in Karnataka state in south India. Drepung and Ganden are in Mundgod and Sera is in Bylakuppe.
I was there in 2006. As I read now in Google, Drepung monastery was shut by Chinese authorities on 14 March 2008, after monk-led protests against Chinese rule turned violent and businesses, shops and vehicles were looted and torched. The People's Republic of China claims that 22 people were killed in the riots but Tibetan sources put the figure much higher. The International Herald Tribune reported that the monastery reopened 2013 after being shut for five years.
Only seven pictures here from this magnificent place up to now. I hope you will find it interesting.
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snunney (106533) 2017-03-12 1:53
A very interesting daily life scene with lots to see. Well composed with excellent colours and clarity and some beautifully rendered textural detail. One wonders what became of these two after the crackdown.
holmertz (59142) 2017-03-12 3:29
Photos showing ordinary life in places as unknown as this are never quite nothing special. This tells us so much and also has beautiful colours. It makes us much more informed than another photo from extremely well known Paris. I visited two of those three large monasteries that you mentioned, but I don't quite remember which ones. I think I saw those closest to Lhasa. Maybe it was this one and Sera. In 1986 they had just barely recovered from the Cultural revolution, and now they have been victims of another kind of cultural cleansing.
Have a nice Sunday,
GyurMaster (7301) 2017-03-12 3:46
What an interesting photo! Coupled with the detailed description it really tells a story!
Silvio1953 (152991) 2017-03-12 6:18
Ciao cara Malgo, lovely scene with monastero attività workshop, wonderful colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Sergiom (88317) 2017-03-12 6:41
Ici, j'ai l'impression d'admirer un moment très particulier au Tibet. Une belle scène de la vie quotidienne dans une très grande pauvreté mais où il y a des fleurs.
Fis2 (106408) 2017-03-12 7:22
Ciekawe reporterskie foto z dnia codziennego.
Widok robi wrazenie.
Dobry kadr, kolory i ostrosc.
Nicou (151064) 2017-03-12 9:15
fantastique vue de cette maison tibétaine quelle compo et vue quel moine et la dame avec le linge la toile dans la roche sueprbe vue et ensemble.
Bravoe t amitié
Cricri (125878) 2017-03-12 11:14
Une image sortie de tes archives, qui est une belle et intéressante scène de vie, simple, pauvre, beaucoup de détails et de couleurs
cornejo (46782) 2017-03-12 12:03
Hola Malgo, muy buena foto de esta interesante escena de la vida cotidiana, muy bien captada en esta interesante imagen, con buena nitidez, luz, color y calidad. Un estupendo trabajo perfectamente realizado, mis felicitaciones amiga mia. Gracias por compartir este interesante trabajo.
Buena noche y feliz comienzo de semana.
Todo lo mejor desde el sur de España.
PiotrF (22898) 2017-03-12 13:50
Uzupelnij koniecznie ta relacje sprzed lat!.Polaczenie ciekawych zdjec i interesujacego opisu jest tym co mi sie podoba najbardziej - a tak wygladaja wczesniejsze Twoje posty z Chin.
carlo62 (54986) 2017-03-12 14:57
stavo pensando dove poteva trovarsi questo angolo di Parigi, ma poi ho letto che siamo in Tibet....
Peccato, sarebbe stato più originale da Parigi.
Bella foto, pochi punti colorati, ma in compenso i colori sono molto vivi.
rychem (42630) 2017-03-12 16:28
Ciekawa scenka i ciekawy opis, dla nas to egzotyczne, tak niewiele wiemy, bardzo dobre zdjecie
PS. Mnie tez ten wynik ucieszyl, przydalyby sie jeszcze lepsze wyniki w lidze krajowej ;)
dkmurphys (64573) 2017-03-13 1:27
Nice daily life scene from that far away place. Simple and attractive, well seen.
kasianowak (10441) 2017-03-13 13:32
Uwielbiam takie klimaty: czerwone szaty mnicha, nagietki w doniczce. Straszna szkoda, ze ta kultura tak strasznie ucierpiala w ostatnim polwieczu.
Ale ciesze sie, ze zdecydowalas sie zajrzec do swojego archiwum...
worldcitizen (9382) 2017-03-14 9:47
It's definitely interesting to see the daily life of these monks/nuns. The basin in hand, the flower pots, and all the large stones are all great details. Of course the red cloth really jumps out against the more muted colors in the background. It must be challenging to live in those caves.
mcmtanyel (29044) 2017-03-26 20:27
Nothing special photos are the best kind, keep them coming. The colors in this otherwise bleak frame jump out at the viewer. I also like the textures of the rocks.