Tibet Landscape and Culture
Photographer: Barbara Walton
Tibetans live in harsh beauty on what is known as the roof of the world. The region has thin high-altitude air and a bitter cold climate. Situated north-east of the Himalayan mountain range, the earth’s highest and largest plateau is also home to the earth’s highest mountain, Mount Everest.
Tibet's people are deeply religious, the majority following Tibetan Buddhism, while the original pre-Buddhist religion of Bon is also still recognised as a principal spiritual school. Religious pilgrimages are of great importance to the people of Tibet and they travel hundreds of kilometers to pour yak butter at temples, prostrate, circumnavigate and pray at monasteries and sacred sites. The land is also one of nomads and semi-nomads who have for centuries eked out their living depending only on their own fortitude, resilience and indigenous yak for survival.
The capital city of Lhasa was the residence of the Dalai Lama until the present 14th Dalai Lama fled from Tibet in 1959. The Dalai Lama currently lives in exile in India.