Photographer's Note

I haven’t yet mentioned the Tibetan population of Nepal. Something like 40 thousand refugees from Tibet live in Nepal which doesn’t sound like a huge number among 30 million Nepali but… quite a few of them live or frequently visit Bodhnath. So when you pay a visit to the Bodhnath stupa you are more likely to see traditional Tibetan attire than Nepali one. Ok, I do realise, that looking at this photo and compering it with the “Nepali one” link, many of you have just thought: “so… you are more likely to see a lady in red than… hmm… a lady in red…” But, believe me, you will immediately notice the difference in style.

Of course, it’s not just about the dress. Most of the Nepali are Hindu, while Tibetans usually follow the teachings of Buddha, with all the attributes of that faith on display in places like Bodhnath. Here you can see prayer flags, prayer beads, small prayer wheels…

The marigold flowers (there were many more of those in my previous post) are, I think (someone please correct me if I’m wrong, but have a look at this photo…), common to both faiths.

In WS another photo of Buddhist traditions and a completely different daily life one. Just as last time, I had a real trouble choosing the main upload: a close competition between this one and the giant prayer wheel image

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