Lo - Manthang Nepal
a land where the soul of the main is still considered to be as real as
the feet he walks on; a land to be “barren as a dead deer” but where
beauty and happiness abound in spite of hardships.
comments by Michel Peissel
Lo-Manthang's culture is
deep rooted in the religious sentiments of its people. The township
abound with many chhortens, mani-walls and monasteries. Prayer flags
flutter above all the houses-conveying mantras to all corners of the
world. The Lobas are exclusively Buddhists and conform to the Sakya-pa
sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Bon prevailed before Buddhism, which was later
replaced by Ningma Pa Sect (Dhakar-Kayu subsect) and subsequently by
Sakya Pa Sect (Sakyapa, Ngorpa subsects) of Buddhism.
Of the three Gompas in Lo-Manthang, the Jhampa Gompa is
the oldest. It was built in 1387 AD during the reign of the famous king
Anguin Sangbo and is believed to be a replica of Ghangtse Jhampa Gompa
of Tibet , which still exists in Ghangtse, near Khasa .......
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